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2003 PINOT GRIS Wine Details
Price: $15.00 per bottle

Description: 2175 cases produced. With more body than Italian style Pinot grigio, and less weight than Pinot gris from Alsace, Bethel Heights' style of Pinot gris is a food-friendly alternative to Chardonnay. Fruit from several vineyards in the Willamette Valley provide brightness and purity of fruit, fruit from the warmer climate of the Rogue Valley adds lush, floral qualities to this wine. The wine is fermented cold in stainless steel and finished, without malolactic fermentation, almost dry with 0.4% residual sugar. "Yellow plums and hints of apricots are intermingled with white flowers in the aromatic profile of the 2003 Pinot Gris. Soft, satin-textured, and expressive, it displays a medium-bodied personality awash in ripe white as well as yellow fruits. A good value." (87) Wine Advocate

Varietal Definition
Chardonnay is by far the most widely planted grape crop in California and dominates California’s cooler, coastal, quality wine regions. The natural varietal ‘taste and smell’ of Chardonnay is surprisingly unfamiliar to many wine drinkers, as its true character is often guised with dominating winemaking signatures. Chardonnay’s rather subdued primary fruit characteristics lean toward the crisp fruitiness of apples, pears and lemon, but the variety’s full body is capable of supporting a host of complementary characteristics, such as oak, butter and vanilla. Regardless of what is the appropriate style for Chardonnay, the varietal continues to dominate vineyard plantings in every corner of the world. Close attention to clonal selection has made this broad geographic and climactic range of Chardonnay viable in thoughtful viticultural hands.
Pinot Grigio/Gris:
Pinkish-white variety producing a very crisp white wine. Grown in Oregon, the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, and more and more in California, it shows promise for other cool climates. Also known as Tokay d'Alsace in France, Rulander in Germany, and Pinot Grigio in Italy.


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