Sunday, March 5, 2017

Wine Review: Left Coast Cellars The Orchards Pinot Gris 2015

Left Coast Cellars The Orchards Pinot Gris 2015

Left Coast Cellars of Willamette Valley, Oregon was founded in 2003. With 350 acres of land and 130 acres of vineyards, they use sustainable viticulture to produce only estate-grown wine. They're LIVE Certified Sustainable, Salmon Safe Certified, and are one of fourteen wineries to complete the Oregon Environmental Council's Carbon Reduction Challenge. All of the power for the guest cottages, the front gate, and the vineyard irrigation is run by solar power, and use a big chunk of their land for their Oak Savanna Restoration Project. They are very environmentally conscious. 

Today I'm reviewing their 2015 The Orchards Pinot Gris and then I'm reviewing their 2014 Cali's Cuvee Pinot Noir.

NOTE: In advance of moving to a new house and the arrival of a new baby, the reviews for March, April and May were all written in February and may be much quicker and to the point than you expect from this blog. Foolishness will return this summer.

The vineyard block that this Pinot Gris is from is called The Orchids because of the history of its land being planted with apple, pear and cherry orchards. It span 7.5 acres and since 2005 it's been home to Pinot Gris Clones 146 and 152. The wine that is has produced here is fermented 100% in stainless streel, and fermented for six months in 100% stainless steel. It has an ABV of 13.7%.

The color of the wine is a a very pale yellow. The nose is expressive with apples, orange blossom, honeydew melon and just a blade of lemon grass. It's medium to full bodied with a silky mouthfeel, but it's still zingy and lively as all hell. An explosion of tart apples and lemon lollipop command the palate, with mineral and fresh garden herb subtleties. It finishes tart but with a heavy coating that lets the flavors linger.

I have to admit that Oregon Pinot Gris has been letting me down lately because it used to be one of my favorites and I just think the overall quality has decreased, but this one is absolutely killer! You should know by now that the most important element to a wine, for me, is character and that is what this PG is all about.

Price: $18
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.


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