2019 Coelho Vineyard Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
Nose of beeswax, brown sugar, apricot, citrus, pineapple, lemon-lime, and a hint of saline sea breeze. The palate opens with flinty and mineral notes then finishes tropical pineapple with a hint of caramel. More Italian Pinot Grigio than Alsatian Pinot Gris, this is a very clean and balanced wine with a hint of prickly acidity, perfect with briny Kumamoto oysters on the half shell.
Brought in from the vineyard and loaded directly into the press, where it macerated for four hours with one turn per hour. Following a very slow press, moved to tank where it was stabilized and inoculated with a Burgundy yeast. Racked from tank to 25% new French oak, 25% once-filled, and 25% twice-filled, and 25% stainless barrels.
Coelho Vineyard, about 35 acres of Missoula Flood sedimentary soil in the gently rolling hills south of Amity in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, produces high acid wines with generous fruit. Planted to 13 rows of Dijon 76 Chardonnay, 5 rows of Pinot Gris, and the balance to 50/50 Pommard and Dijon 777 clones of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from this vineyard displays notes of red fruit and earth. Chardonnay reveals a lemon core while Pinot Gris always has a wonderful balance of lemon-lime acid and expressive fruit.