2014 Chehalem "Three Vineyard" Willamette Valley Pinot Gris

SKU #1269153 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Lightly dusted with cinnamon and baking spices, this is apple pie in a glass. Along with the lovely apple-pastry richness come lighter suggestions of pear and peach. This immaculate and substantial effort should be consumed now through 2017. (PG)  (12/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 *Smart Buys* Fresh and vibrant, this harmonious white is appealing for its apple, pear, white peach and floral flavors that don't quit on the finish. Drink now. (HS)  (2/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Pinot Gris Three Vineyards has an attractive bouquet with resinous/waxy aromas infusing the citrus fruit. The palate is well balanced with a soft, rounded opening, with subtle tropical fruit (guava and pineapple) that segues into a smooth and harmonious finish. It has an easy-drinking personality and as such, I suspect some consumers might overlook its quality. (NM)  (4/2016)

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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 Gew├╝rztraminer 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.