USA, Pinot Gris, Left Coast, The Orchard, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2016

N/ Salt and sunshine. Hay. Spice and light smoke. Seaspray. Grapefruit zest. Chamomile and more chamomile.

Basil and oregano. River rocks.

The spice/herbal notes were a pleasant surprise.

T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Chamomile tea. Pear, grapefruit, and honeysuckle.

Malt, spice, and flint finish.

http://leftcoastcellars.com/

Price = $18

N = A
T = A-
I = A-
Overall = A-

This wine was a media sample generously provided by the winery.

From the winery…

“A consortium of like-minded winemakers from the west Eola Hills to the easternmost edge of the Van Duzer Corridor, including Left Coast Cellars, first proposed the new AVA in 2011. After some back and forth with the TTB they finally got the required elements in place; a defined region with a name, a unique climate, defined soil and specific elevation. In July 2015, Team Van Duzer AVA submitted their application and now await the final approval.

At Left Coast Cellars our planting on varying soils, elevations and slopes contribute to the complexities and subtleties of our wines. The cool Pacific Ocean breezes driven into the Willamette Valley through the Van Duzer Corridor, ending just west of our vineyards, moderate our warm summer days and make temperatures ideal for maximizing the production of intense flavors and phenolic compounds in the fruit that result in complex and balanced wines.”

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