2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

 

At a glance:
Country: USA! USA!
Region: Willamette Valley
Grape(s): Pinot Gris
Year: 2013
Maker: Johan Vineyards

Price: 17.99

When we were in Oregon this past summer,johan pinot gris.jpg we bought a case of wine, mixing and matching a bunch of stuff. Mostly pinot noirs, not surprisingly, but a few other wines sprinkled in among them, one of them the 2013 pinot gris from Johan. After drinking a bunch of reds (do seem to gravitate towards those in the colder months) I decided it was
time for a change, so we opened this one up.

johan pinot gris in glass.pngThe wine was a lovely pale yellow color, and had just a faint bit of effervescence. It was dry,
with the slightest hint of that butteriness I sometimes associate with chardonnay peeking in towards the tail end, although it still finished clean and smooth. It felt like a low acidity wine, but still definitely dry, with a little bit of jasmine flower somewhere in there (although I may just be making that up since I want to be fancy and it seems like better writing that way).

We drank it alongside dinner, which we ate later than usual, since I had an 8pm soccer game (which we lost).
A side note – losing, while always a bummer, is especially chastening when you know that the loss comes in the lowest league of adult rec soccer (just let that sink in a bit). Anyways, dinner was good – a hearty vegan salad with avocado, pear, and portobello mushrooms (really quite good and surprisingly filling), and the wine, much needed, may have been even better. Not sure how easy it is to find out here on the East Coast, but will pick up another bottle next time I see it, and hope to enjoy it just as much.

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2013 Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

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