The 2011 Lange Willamette Valley Pinot Gris is sourced from Lange Estate vineyards and possibly some contracted local vineyards. Lange Estate Winery is family owned and has been in operation since 1987. They are the 4th American winery to produce a Pinot Gris wine, so they have the experience. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the same grape, the reason for the two different names is Pinot Grigio is usually produced in an Italian style and Pinot Gris is usually made in a French style. This Pinot Gris was fermented and aged (4 months) in stainless steel vats and the alcohol content is 12.9%.
The color is almost clear, just a hint of white gold. The nose is sugary melon, lemon chiffon, tart grapefruit and a touch of peach. This Pinot Gris is slippery smooth on the palate with a tart finish. This wine as extremely balanced acidity and very solid length to the flavors. It tastes of peach, pear, creamy pineapple with a solid blast of grapefruit at the end. This is a wine that is long and lean. The finish does not stop, it goes on and on.
The 2011 Lange Pinot Gris is delicate, delicious and classy. If you have tried the leading imported Pinot Grigio and can’t figure out what the fuss is all about, try an Oregon Pinot Gris, it will open your eyes to the pleasures of Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris.