2011 Rainstorm Pinot Gris Oregon

SKU #1108683 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is the first release from Rainstorm, part of the expanding Mariani Family presence in the Pacific Northwest. It’s bone dry, immaculately fresh, and leesaged, with lovely depth and finesse. Flavors of melon and cucumber dominate, and the crisp acidity offers bracing minerality. Best Buy.  (6/ 2012)

K&L Notes

In Oregon, living with rain is a way of life. This is especially true for Oregon's winemakers, who persevere and wind up making really spectacular wines because of the state's climactic challenges. Rainstorm Pinot Gris is meant to celebratre the rain's positive influence, and this, their debut vintage, does a good job. It wasn't easy to make wine in the western US in 2011, but with the extended hang time in the Willamette Valley, the team at Rainstorm was able to harvest ripe, characterful grapes. No oak, no malo, this bright, dry Pinot Gris delivers pear and mango fruit, white flowers extracts and juicy acidity. Especially good with veggies from the garden, this wine is fresh and affordable.

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By: Jeffrey Jones |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2013  | Send Email
Bright, juicy, light and dry. A fun wine to enjoy alone or with fish,fowl or salads.

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
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Oregon

- 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.