A brilliant, yellow gold color, the 2014 A to Z Oregon Pinot Gris has complex aromatics beginning with lime, gardenia, kiwi, apple, pear, quince and lemon blossom deepening to honey, white stone fruit, lychee, mango, grapefruit and tangerine skin. On the palate, the wine is juicy, bright and succulent with lively fruit and mineral notes. This richly textured wine has full fruit ripeness balanced with modest acidity and finishes crisp and clean. The 2014 A to Z Pinot Gris will drink wonderfully over the next two years.
Founded in 2002, A to Z Wineworks is Oregon's fastest growing winery. The partners blend unique skills. Bill Hatcher brought an extensive background in strategy and finance to the Oregon wine industry and Domaine Drouhin Oregon, which he managed for 13 years before co-founding A to Z. Debra Hatcher spearheads marketing, promotion and design. Sam Tannahill and Cheryl Francis, winemakers respectively for Archery Summit and Chehalem for 8 years, bring surpassing creativity and technical expertise resulting in the same quality at 120,000 cases as with the inaugural 2,500 that earned them Food and & Wine Magazine's award for the best American Pinot Noir under $20. The 2006 A to Z Pinot Gris is blended from over 18 different lots of wine, all either produced by A to Z or made for them under their direction from purchased grapes. A small portion of the wine did undergo partial malolactic fermentation for a creamy mouthfeel, but for the most part malolactic fermentation was blocked to retain bright acidity to balance the ripe character of the vintage.
Was a great pairing for a weeknight dinner with a quiche and salad.
Wine SpectatorRating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/29/2016