Isenhower Cellars

Yakima Valley Vin Gris Pinot Gris

9.21 ratings
9.21 pro ratings
Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Oregon/Washington, USA
Pinot Gris
Mushrooms, Tomato-Based, White Fish, Pasta, Pungent Cheese, Goat & Feta Cheese, White Rice, Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Squash & Root Vegetables, Meaty & Oily Fish, Cheddar & Gruyere, Potato, Nuts & Seeds, Salads & Greens, Herbs, Chili & Hot Spicy, Beans & Peas, Soft Cheese, Shellfish, Crab & Lobster, Oyster, Mussel, Clam, Chicken, Duck, Turkey, Oyster, Shellfish
Top Notes For
David Shaw

Salmon pink with orange iridescence; make of that what you like. Excellent clarity. This is Isenhower’s sole “orange wine”, so I’m assessing this in that context. Fruity, stone fruit and floral notes in nose. Maybe peach and honey notes in flavor, but there’s some undefinable note there with depth. (Mint? Herb? Or only peach?) Tart, slightly bitter peach peel flavor, moderate skin astringency. Almost dry but fruity. Good acidity and roundedness of mouthfeel alongside that assertive yet narrow (by tannin weight) range of skin astringency. I have mixed feelings about this wine but admire the craft behind its construction. This wine is pushing what a Pinot Gris can be in this style. I’d compare it with past vintages of Cameron’s orange wines (out of Oregon). I’m still learning about orange wines and developing my own sense of what a “superior” orange wine might taste like. This one helps me think about how I should think about that question, and where the “boundaries” ought to be...

Salmon pink with orange iridescence; make of that what you like. Excellent clarity. This is Isenhower’s sole “orange wine”, so I’m assessing this in that context. Fruity, stone fruit and floral notes in nose. Maybe peach and honey notes in flavor, but there’s some undefinable note there with depth. (Mint? Herb? Or only peach?) Tart, slightly bitter peach peel flavor, moderate skin astringency. Almost dry but fruity. Good acidity and roundedness of mouthfeel alongside that assertive yet narrow (by tannin weight) range of skin astringency. I have mixed feelings about this wine but admire the craft behind its construction. This wine is pushing what a Pinot Gris can be in this style. I’d compare it with past vintages of Cameron’s orange wines (out of Oregon). I’m still learning about orange wines and developing my own sense of what a “superior” orange wine might taste like. This one helps me think about how I should think about that question, and where the “boundaries” ought to be...

Sep 19th, 2019