2010 Westrey Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

SKU #1110887

It's hard to believe that this lovely, Alsatian styled Pinot Gris from Amy Wesselman and David Autrey, is only $16.99. That's a screaming deal for this lovely wine, which is made complex by extended lees contact and fermentation in neutral oak. Earthy and mushroomy, with citrusy fruit, this has 2010s lovely acidity, but nice texture and weight too. Not an innocuous Pinot Gris by any stretch. This lovely wine will just continue to get better over the next year.

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Staff Image By: Chiara Shannon | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/28/2012 | Send Email
A nose of fresh green melon, minerals, and a hint of savory makes the mouth water for this delicious Pinot Gris, which is crisp, refreshing, and distinctive. It has the aroma profile of Pinot Gris from Friuli but the richness of Alsace, without losing its Willamette Valley delicacy and nerve. Sip it with parmesan stuffed mushroom appetizers or enjoy alongside creamy white meats or pasta dishes, but there's no reason to rush as this should only get more and more complex with time.

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Pinot Gris

- Also known as Pinot Gris in France, where it originated as a mutation of Pinot Noir. The berries can vary in color from yellowish to bluish-violet producing wines that range from white to slightly pink. The most successful wines from the grape come from the Collio in Friuli (Northeast Italy), where the wines are light- to medium-bodied, crisp, dry and, because of their high acidity, complementary to the region's foods like speck, Prosciutto di San Daniele and polenta. In Alsace, where the grape takes a back seat to more popular varietals like Gewürztraminer and Riesling, it is generally rich and honeyed. Other successful plantings of Pinot Grigio exist in Austria, Germany, Hungary and Romania, with even smaller amounts planted in British Columbia, Australia, New Zealand and California.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.