2011 Seven Hills Oregon Pinot Gris
*Editors' Choice* A glorious, grapefruity, lusciously fresh Pinot Gris, this new vintage from Seven Hills is made for a summer afternoon. This has notes of citrus and melon, with highlights of mint and a hint of pepper, keeping it lively and interesting all through the refreshing finish.
Although Seven Hills labels it as an "Oregon" Pinot Gris, this is not a cross-region bulk blend. This bottling is entirely sourced from the Melrose Vineyard in the Umpqua Valley, which was established as an AVA the same year as the Willamette Valley. The wine was fermented in stainless steel and then briefly aged in 10% new French oak to impart complexity and texture. From winemaker Casey McClellan: "The wine is light straw-gold in color with aromas of ripe citrus, spearmint, pear and fresh hazelnut. There’s an enticing streak of vanillin from the oak. The wine is dry, but has a bright, sweet citrus palate made more interesting by a hint of spearmint by mouth. The finish is clean, brisk and fruitful."