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Screen shot 2014-03-11 at 7.16.09 PMThis wine is definitely an interesting one. Only 1,000 cases of the 2011 King Estate Oregon Luminous Pinot Gris were produced. For those who do not know, Pinot Gris is actually a red grape that is a mutation of Pinot Noir. It is a red grape and can be seen in the stores as a white wine by skinning the grapes.

If you check King Estate Winery’s website, you will find they specialize in both Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. As of this year they have 4 different classes of wine with a total number of 12 wines.

But for this wine, I had to go back to the archives and get the information. Here is what it has to say:

“Fermentation: Destemmed, cold soaked for 24 hours, punch down 3 times daily, fermented dry, pressed and racked.

Aging: Stainless steel four months.

Appearance: Salmon

Aroma: lilac, lavender, pomegranate, wet stone, light floral notes.

Flavor: Orange, mango, pomegranate, hint of pepper, cigar.

Mouthfeel: Vicious, dry and firm tannic finish.”

So let’s put it to the test.

  • Color: Hit it on the head with Salmon
  • Aroma: I get the light floral notes and a little bit of Orange but that is about it. I am not sure where they got the other descriptions.
  • Flavor: Maybe they mixed up the orange but I do not get any orange here. I get a slight taste of mango and that hint of mango.
  • Finish: Exactly what they said.

Overall, the wine is good. It drinks like a dry rose but Pinot Noir style. It is light easy to drink but doesn’t make you feel like you are drinking a sissy wine. It isn’t a white, it isn’t a red, but it is very good.

Rating: A