About This Wine
In Oregon, the white wine star is Pinot Gris.
In California, of course, that title is held by Chardonnay. But growing numbers of Golden State vintners are embracing Pinot Gris, drawing from some 1,600 acres of vineyards currently in production. Among them is Austin Cooper Cellars.
In fact, Austin Cooper is so enthusiastic about the variety that it is sourcing Pinot Gris grapes from growers up and down the state, and then blending to create a unique “California cuvee.” The goal is to craft a wine that is a true expression of the variety, giving wine drinkers an opportunity to discover and enjoy a tasty alternative to Chardonnay.
The 2009 Austin Cooper Cellars Pinot Gris possesses hints of minerals and flint that are common to the variety, layered with fruit flavors reminiscent of melons and green apple. Bright, refreshing and surprisingly full on the palate, it’s a perfect pairing partner for fried chicken. KFC, anyone?
About Pinot Grigio
In northeast Italy it makes a light, crisp and neutral wine. In Alsace it can be a delicately perfumed, honey-flavored wine, either dry or sweet, and with more color than most whites.
- Grape Composition:100% Pinot Gris
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Melon, Green Apple, Minerals and a Hint of Flint
- Aging Vessels:Stainless Steel Tanks
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing Suggestionbroiled halibut, or fried chicken.
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