93 Insider Points
Pinot Gris is One of My Favorite Things About Oregon
I remember the first time I had an Oregon Pinot Gris. It was at the little wine bar I used to manage in San Clemente. I was expecting something uninteresting that would leave me wanting another wine. Boy, was I wrong. It nearly blew me out behind the bar. It was full of rich tropical flavors, the kind that make you go "Wow"! A one-time experience, right? Wrong. I was lucky enough to have that same feeling with Terragena's Pinot Gris, so much that I had to share.
Creamy citrus on the nose. Fresh guava, lemon rind and fuji apple on a light-medium body with bright acidity. The finish is long, with mandarin orange peeking out right at the end. This is definitely how I want to spend my summer. 93 Points - JZ July'18
Willamette Valley, Oregon
We first fell in love with this under-the-radar winery's Pinot Noir. After that love affair, we started actively pursuing what we could get from this hard-to-find artisan. Here, it's their Willamette Valley PG: a wine crafted from a single vineyard of some majorly great fruit, it shows precisely why this exact spot is being revered for pinot gris.
An Old World-styled white, this single-vineyard Pinot Gris was fermented in mostly neutral oak barrels with 20% new Hungarian oak to impart a hint of warmth and spice. Grow in the shade of Oregon’s Cascade Mountain Range and vinified for optimum purity, this stone-fruit-filled white wine is rich enough for Cal Chard fanatics but balanced by plenty of minerality and citrus. With food or without, this textured Pinot Gris will be a hit all summer long.
·Planted in 1978, Abiqua Wind Vineyard sits on a steep hillside in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains and takes its name from the nearby Abiqua Falls.
· Because Terragena is a California winery, wine laws prevented this one from stating the words “Willamette Valley” on its label—and so, the winery came up with “Will I Am It.”
· Terragena is located in remote Humboldt County, and is 100% off-the-grid. Naturally, all of Terragena’s wines are made from sustainably farmed vineyards and using environmentally sound techniques from harvesting to bottling.
·A touch of Riesling adds zesty acidity to this round, fruit-filled white.
This wine is delicate and crisp. It has aromas of pear, apple, and melon. It is medium bodied yet fruit forward.
From the winery:
The Terragena Vineyard team, headed by winemaker and vineyard proprietor Chris Buchanan, crafts limited production wines with the same spirit of adventure that first led us to build our off-grid vineyard in Humboldt County. We are inspired by the ruggedly beautiful hills, forests, and meadows around us to create wine that expresses these characteristics of the land without any added fluff or distraction. Terragena is a latin word meaning “born of the earth.” We are dedicated to sustainably expressing the unique characteristics of our estate vineyard as well as our diverse partner vineyards by nurturing the wine from the earth to the bottle.
Pair this with a lighter meal. We recommend trying it with a salad with a citrus vinaigrette or with a light pasta dish.