2017 King Estate Foris Pinot Blanc
The nose is floral with notes of white peach, nutmeg, sage and vanilla. On the palate, the peach and vanilla flavors continue along with citrus, brioche, apple and sweet oak. The wine is rich and round up front, with good integration of oak tannin and acidity leading to a lingering finish.
A pioneer in the Oregon wine industry, Foris is the southernmost vineyard in the state in the Illinois Valley sub-AVA of the Rogue Valley. The high elevation of this vineyard and its close proximity to the Pacific Ocean provide ideal growing conditions for Alsace style varietals.
The winter was wetter than normal and, with better snowpack than in recent years, the water table in the soils was high. Spring brought mild weather. Bud break was around the middle of April – slightly later than is typical. A heavy vine canopy required a lot of maintenance to remove excessive growth. Fruit set was a week to 10 days later than normal but with warm, dry weather in August through October, hang time was fairly long. August heat kept berry size a little below average, but yields were above average. Most of the valley was harvested by the first of November.
- Vintage 2017
- Varietal Pinot Blanc
- Appellation Rogue Valley
- Alcohol 13.5
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