Friday, September 09, 2011

Friday Find, September 9th

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

Oregon's Willamette Valley is well-known, and rightly so, for its Pinot Noir, but that's not the only grape that thrives in Oregon's sunny, warm summers and fall weather cooled by the sea air blowing inland over the mountain passes. Pinot Gris has found a definite home in Oregon, with the unique qualities of Oregon's climate and soil creating a unique style of Pinot Gris that showcases its medium-bodied, well-balanced acidity with light crispness. Oregon's Pinot Gris pairs easily with food, and also does well on its own.

This week's Friday Find is the 2010 J. Albin Winery Pinot Gris.

This Willamette Valley wine is a beauty. It's lovely and crisp, with good acidity and balance. There are characteristic Pinot Gris peach and melon notes on the nose and honey and melon on the palate. The wine has great color in the glass and drinks easily. John Albin has done a nice job with this private label wine, and at around $15, this wine is a screaming deal.


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