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Del Rio

Del Rio
2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$16

Del Rio
2016 Estate Grown, Pinot Gris, Rogue Valley

Pair this wine with:
Chicken Pasta Vegetables

Category: Pinot Gris

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 13.3%
Yellow straw color. Aromas of bath powder, meyer lemon, slate, and citrus blossom with a silky, tangy, dryish light body and a seamless, breezy underripe clementine and nougat with citrus zest finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zingy pinot gris with racy acidity.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively & Fruity
Aroma Aroma: bath powder, meyer lemon, slate, and citrus blossom
Taste Flavor: underripe clementine and nougat with citrus zest
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Duck Fat Fries, Pad Thai Chicken, Chicken Fajitas
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A zingy pinot gris with racy acidity.

The Producer

Del Rio Vineyards

The Producer
52 N River Rd
Gold Hill, OR 97525
USA
1 541-855-2062

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.