Sunday, February 13, 2011

2008 Erath Pinot Gris

Dinner tonight was a French bistro-inspired menu of cream of asparagus soup, frisee salad and home made quiche Lorraine. Unfortunately, there was nothing from Alsace lurking in the cellar so I went to Plan B and had a Pinot Gris from another region. The 2008 Erath Pinot Gris, Oregon has a pleasantly pale golden color and an enticing nose of pineapple, pear, ginger and smoke. A touch of oxidation adds complexity. On the palate, it is medium-bodied (picks up weight as it opens and approaches room temp) with dry pineapple and pear flavors - not pear flesh, but the tannic, slightly bitter fruit peel. Long, smoky finish. Good acidity.

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