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Pinot Gris

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Pinot gris is a white wine grape variety of the species Vitis vinifera. Thought to be a mutant clone of the Pinot noir grape, it normally has a grayish-blue fruit, accounting for its name but the grape can have a brownish pink to black and even white appearance. The word Pinot, which means pinecone in French, could have been given to it because the grapes grow in small pinecone-shaped clusters. The wines produced from this grape also vary in color from a deep golden yellow to copper and even a light shade of pink. The clone of Pinot gris grown in Italy is known as Pinot grigio.
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Food Pairing: Pairs well with rice dishes, particularly a creamy white risotto with asparagus. White sauce pastas, lobsters and shellfish with delicate cream sauces are complimented by a good Pinot Gris.
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Chalk Hill Estate Winery
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2004 North Slope Pinot Gris

Suggestive of the Vendange Tardive ("late pick") wines of Alsace, Pinot Gris at Chalk Hill thrives on the coolest, north-facing slopes which foster long hang times and optimum ripe ...moreness.

Barrel fermented, but following Alsatian convention, in neutral oak, the wine is complex and concentrated, but without any introduced oak flavors to confound Pinot Gris’ inherent fruit aroma, already evocative of wood. Malolactic fermentations are suppressed to avoid compromising the wine’s bright acidity.

Martin Ray Winery
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2006 Pinot Gris

87 Points! - Wine & Spirits Magazine, August 2007 issue
Martin Ray 2006 Mendocino County Pinot Gris is made from grapes carefully selected from Nelson Family Vineyards ...morenorthwest of Hopland in the cool Mendocino County wine region. Mendocino County, similar to our home in the Russian River Valley, is known for its cool daytime temperatures often accompanied by morning and evening fog due to the coastal influence.

The 2006 harvest was an excellent vintage for Mendocino County. After a cool, wet spring, the vintage moved along quite slowly. This longer than normal ripening period allowed the vines to produce mature, intense fruit without high sugars.

Our Martin Ray Pinot Gris was partly aged in French oak barrels, resulting in a rich, yet refreshing wine. Rich floral aromatics lead to flavors of luscious fresh peaches and creamy vanilla. This wine has a full mouthfeel and finishes soft and long.

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Edna Valley Vineyard
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2005 Pinot Gris
Edna Valley

The 2005 Edna Valley Vineyard Pinot Gris was pressed as whole clusters to gently separate the juice from the orange- and purple-hued skins. We fermented 25 percent of the wine in s ...moremall French oak cooperage, stirring the lees a few times to add richness. A very small percentage of Chardonnay was blended in to provide more fullness in the mouth and greater length of finish.
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Keller Estate
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2006 Pinot Gris
La Cruz Vineyard

Produced in a rich, dry, Alsatian style. Fermented cold to preserve the white floral and peach aromatics.

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Epiphany Cellars
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2006 Pinot Gris
Goodchild Vineyard - Santa Maria Valley

100% Pinot Gris from Goodchild Vineyard

Pinot Gris, also known as the Italian Pinot Grigio, is known for its delicate aroma, opulent texture and fresh acidity. On the no ...morese of this refreshing wine, you’ll find grapefruit and white peach essences. The palate displays light citrus, melon, apricot, and pear followed by a bright acidity. This is the perfect summertime wine to pair with fresh tomatoes, shellfish, salmon and oysters.

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Tolosa Winery
CAW Rating: 90
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2006 Tolosa Pinot Gris
Edna Valley

Resist the temptation to toss our Pinot Gris into an ice bucket; served too cold, the lovely aromatics may be obscured. Ten minutes of chill before service will nicely show off the ...more subtle jasmine and lily aromas, while retaining a nice balance between crispness and richness. Apple blossom, Asian pear, and a lemony citrus quality flash across the palate, and on the finish there is a spicy hint of cardamom and nutmeg. Squarely in the refreshing "Pinot Grigio" style, this is a fabulous food wine; try it with pasta salad, oysters, or pizzetta bianco.

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Etude Wines
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2006 Carneros Pinot Gris

Etude Pinot Gris exudes exotic, attention-grabbing fruit aromas of white peach, nectarine and Meyer lemon as well as subtle mineral notes. On the palate, the wine has lively acidit ...morey, richness and concentration of fruit, leading to a clean finish with a pleasing floral note. Unlike more delicate examples of Pinot Gris, Etude’s rendition is a good companion for adventurous culinary explorations and for sipping by itself.

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Benson Ferry Vineyards
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2004 Pinot Gris

The 2004 Benson Ferry Pinot Gris features fresh pineapple, honeysuckle, orange peel and melon aromas and flavors. Deliciously light on the palate, this dry white wine has a crisp y ...moreet gentle finish that invites second (and third) glasses. Like all Benson Ferry whites, the Pinot Gris emphasizes fresh fruit and balance. Delightful all by itself, it also pairs well with a wide variety of casual fare.
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Elliston Vineyards
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2005 Pinot Gris
Elliston Vineyards

Grisp juicy Kiwi fruit, well balanced with a slightly spicy finish so typical of this varietal. Imagine this with a Caesar Salad, grilled summer vegetables, Calamata olives, Chevre ...more or any Mediterranean faire.

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Handley Cellars
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2006 Pinot Gris
Anderson Valley

The luscious viscosity of this wine is evident when it is swirled in the glass. Tangerine aromas precede equally fresh tangerine flavors, with a hint of honeysuckle. It is rich and ...more full on the palate, with distinctive Pinot Gris aromatics throughout.

A Vietnamese curry with chicken and coconut milk is a good match for this Pinot Gris: the wine’s mineral qualities balance the richness of the coconut milk, its slight residual sugar holds up to spicy chiles, and its aromatics play off the curry’s spices.

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Callaway Winery
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2005 Special Selection Pinot Gris
Callaway Vineyard & Winery

Fragrant and mildly floral with light lemon-citrus flavors. Rich, round, tangy, full-bodied wine with 12 months of bottle aging to show full-blown potential.

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Laguna Canyon Winery
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2006 Pinot Gris
Solano County

This wine was conditioned in five year old French barrels yielding a subtle oak bouquet along with aromas of melon & honeydew. Complimented with a good backbone of acid & a pleasan ...moret finish of Anjou pear and subtle lime flavors, this wine is best enjoyed with white fish or light green salads.

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Boeger Winery
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2006 Pinot Gris
El Dorado

The 2006 Pinot Gris has aromas of ripe apples and melon with a slight hint of spice. Light and silky on the palate.

De La Montanya Estate
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2006 Platinum – Series No.4, Pinot Gris, Christine's Vineyard
Christine's Vineyard

Sonoma Coast – 91 cases produced - Limited Availability!

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De La Montanya Estate
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2005 Platinum – Series No.3, Pinot Gris, Christine's Vineyard
Sonoma Coast

Sonoma Coast – 170 cases produced - Limited Availability!

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Gallo Sonoma
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2006 Sonoma Reserve Pinot Gris

Our Sonoma County Pinot Gris presents aromas of peach blossom, fresh pear and green apple that are subtly rounded and enriched by notes of fig. The fruit is supported by a balance ...mored, elegant mouthfeel that allows the intense flavors to shine.
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Balletto Vineyards
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2006 Pinot Gris
Russian River Valley

Estate Bottled

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Margerum Wine Company
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2007 Pinot Gris
Alisos Vineyard

Great integrated acidity with lemon zest and pear blossom aromas backed by mouthful of an intense fruit cocktail consisting of apples, pears and white peaches, balanced with white ...moreminerals, tartness, and a oily persistence.

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Chalk Hill Estate Winery
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2005 North Slope Pinot Gris
Sonoma County

Chalk Hill's limited production Pinot Gris is unique from the vine to bottle. Chalk Hill's 2005 North Slope Pinot Gris is all about texture. With its velvety, mouth-coating flavors ...more of spiced pears, golden delicious apples and toasty hazelnuts along with a ripe acidity, this is a food-lovers wine that compliments a wide variety of cuisines.

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Tremani Vineyards
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2006 Pinot Gris/Grigio
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

Bright, crisp, and fruity. To be savored on its own or can stand up to any fare you pair it with. A wine lover's delight!

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