Lujon, Pinot Gris 2015, Willamette Valley, Oregon
Tasting Note: A mid-1990s-grunge-like, relaxed pinot gris.
Medium-intensity lemon in color, this wine has a nose of dried quince slice, pear compote, pineapple, hour-after-freshly-cut-grass blade and blossom petal.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied wine delivers flavors suggested on the nose in a reserved style reminiscent of Loire sauvignon blanc with hint of Sweetarts candy on the medium finish.
A wine that flurts with seriousness, but not seriously.
Bottle Note: The cool climate of the Willamette Valley is ideal for growing pinot gris. Processed at the peak of maturity this wine is textural and complex. Flavors of apple, pear and Meyer lemon, are crisply defined with a fleshy mouth feel and extensive finish. Just a hint of residual sweetness balances a clean lime zest finish. Enjoy! Winemaker – John Derthick.
Price: $14 (I paid $10)
Tasting Date: December 18, 2018