|Grape/Varietal : Pinot Gris||Color : Orange|
|Origin : USA||Bottle Size : 75cl|
|Region : Oregon||ABV : 12.5%|
|Vintage : 2019||Natural Factor: Organic|
"Kelley Fox Wines is a small winery I created in 2007 along with my father, Gerson "Gus" Stearns. Though I have lived in the Willamette Valley for over 28 years, and I find myself loving Oregon more every year. The first vintage (2007) started with just over 100 cases. The annual case production is now between 2700 and 3000 cases, all from the historic Maresh Vineyard, the Demeter-certified biodynamic Momtazi Vineyard (both since the beginning) along with Hyland (1988 Coury Clone Pinot), Freedom Hill (barrel-fermented Pinot blanc), and beginning in 2018, Weber (1983 and 1988 Pinot), and Durant Vineyard (Chardonnay). Both Weber and Durant are family owned and farmed old vine vineyards in the Dundee Hills."
Produced from self-rooted vines planted in 1987 at yet another historic vineyard in the Dundee Hills, Weber Vineyard, the 2019 Pinot gris was 100% destemmed and fermented in two 1.5 ton "macrobin" (food-grade plastic) fermentors. One pigeage (foot-treading) happened each day. About 18 days of skin contact occurred before the wine was pressed at dryness. Élevage was in a uterine-shaped concrete amphora tank and a couple of neutral, tight-grained, French oak barrels. The Weber Pinot Gris is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.45.
It has a beautiful, pastel pink colour with peach undertones and has far more complexity in the nose (dewy rose petals, red berries like Oregon strawberries, and even a hint of watermelon) and mouth than ordinary white Pinot gris/Pinot grigio. It has more structure and power than the white, but drinks more like a rosé than a Pinot. The 2019 Weber gris has an alpine feel to it. It has a fine, silken texture, and is refreshing.
Pairs Well With:
Thai-Chinese Sauteed Radish Cake
Brent Lewis - Dinner at sugarbush