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3 Ratings
Chehalem Pinot Gris Reserve

Wine Details

Varietal

Pinot Gris

Style

White

Wine Description

(1998 Vintage) This is the most refined we can make Pinot Gris. Using Alsace as a standard, we seek weight and complexity to make this more than a simple white. This is a true reserve wine, the fruit divided at harvest after full ripeness is achieved, with the reserve portion going through barrel fermentation in neutral oak with long lees contact - the wine is concentrated, well textured, with rich and creamy flavors and a long finish. In 1997, there is a mineral nose progressing to lime and honeyed fruit (gold...

Expert Reviews
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  • International Wine Cellar
    (2006 Vintage) Light, bright gold. Intensely perfumed bouquet of smoky pit fruits, melon and tangerine, along with smoky minerals. Firm and dry, with chewy pear skin and citrus flavors slowly giving way to deeper peach and nectarine on the back. Really stains the palate, finishing broad and extremely long, with lingering sweetness and minerality. I don't get any of the warmth that I feared when I saw 15.9% alcohol on the label.
  • Wine Spectator
    (2005 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 11/15/06