2017 King Estate Backbone Pinot Gris

2017 King Estate Backbone Pinot Gris
91 PTS
Wine Enthusiast

91 PTS
Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Notes

This limited-production Pinot Gris is first noticed for its flaxen color. The pale gold appearance gives way to a complex bouquet of wet stone, violets, white peach, and grapefruit elements. On the palate, a supple mouthfeel is accompanied by fresh pear and pineapple flavors, enhanced by components of rose water and lime zest. This complex balance of fruit, minerality and brightness leads to a smooth medium-long finish. Enjoy now until 2025.

Vineyard Notes

Each vintage, our winemakers have the ability to ferment and age individual blocks and vineyards separately until they are blended. This allows our winemakers to hand-select individual fruit from a select range of Willamette Valley vineyards. Each vineyard contributes unique nuances and character to this blend, making this wine more than just the sum of its parts. The exceptional fruit coming from these storied vineyards provides the backbone for our King Estate Willamette Valley wines.

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 vintage of Backbone Pinot Gris was meticulously harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed. After being cold settled, it was carefully racked and slow fermented at 55 degrees in stainless steel tanks. This wine benefited from sur lie aging for five months prior to bottling.

Technical Notes
  • Vintage 2017
  • Varietal Pinot Gris
  • Appellation Willamette Valley
  • Alcohol 13.5
2017 King Estate Backbone Pinot Gris

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