Full Review

Atwater

Atwater
2015 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.7% RS: .5%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18
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2017 Best Pinot Gris

Atwater
2015 Pinot Gris, Finger Lakes

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Shellfish

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 11.7% RS: .5%
Pale white gold color. Earthy, citrusy, floral aromas and flavors of flower patch earth, dried lemon and peach, brazil nuts, and caramel rice cake with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long clementine, honeyed green apple and pear, and chalk and minerals finish with well-integrated, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A very crisp, mouthwatering Pinot Gris with a nice sense of place; try as an aperitif.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, Non-Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: flower patch earth, dried lemon and peach, brazil nuts, and caramel rice cake
Taste Flavor: clementine, honeyed green apple and pear, and chalk and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Sautéed Bay Scallops With A Beurre Blanc Sauce, Peel 'N Eat Shrimp, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very crisp, mouthwatering Pinot Gris with a nice sense of place; try as an aperitif.

The Producer

Atwater Estate Vineyards

The Producer
5055 Rte 414
Burdett, NY 14818
USA
1 607-546-8463

Pinot Gris

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Pinot Gris is the same grape as Pinot Grigio, but when a wine is identified as a Pinot Gris, it is generally a more full-bodied, more complex, more age-worthy wine.

The best examples of Pinot Gris come from Alsace in northeastern France and Oregon. These wines are have excellent weight on the palate, good acidity and ripe apple and pear fruit with a distinct spiciness and a dry finish. Most examples are aged only in steel, but some producers in Alsace will age Pinot Gris in large, older wooden casks, which can add a touch of spice as well as additional texture.

There are also some sweeter versions of Pinot Gris produced in Alsace; these are labeled as vendange tardives or grains nobles.

There are also versions of Pinot Gris from the far northwestern Italian region of Valle d'Aosta as well as from California.

Consume most versions of Pinot Gris at an early age, from two to five years. The finest versions of Alsatian Pinot Gris (from Grand Cru vineyards) can be enjoyed at 15-20 years of age.

Food pairings that work well with Pinot Gris include smoked fish, sushi, Asian cuisine, chicken with cream sauce or veal, pork or poultry with mushrooms.