2011 Rainstorm Pinot Gris Oregon
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.
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.