Upper Bench Estate Winery 2011 Pinot Gris - 89pts

Upper Bench Estate Winery 2011 Pinot Gris (Naramata Bench) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from the winery here
Cost: $19.90
Alcohol: 13.6%
Production: 284 cases
Date Tasted: December 11th, 2012

Tasting Notes: A taut, tart, tasty Pinot Gris produced in the Grigio style with no oak contact, no residual sugar and loads of fresh acidity. Think Van Westen Vineyards' Vino Grigio with a hint of lees influence on the nose. Also present are pear, apricot, melon and river stone aromas  followed by a vibrant, intense palate with mineral, honeydew, citrus fruit and sharp pineapple flavours.

Definitely a Pinot Gris that offers a nice contrast to the oaked, full-bodied and nearly off-dry versions that have been popular in BC for years. The Upper Bench release is crisp, focused and supremely refreshing. Drink 2012-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2012 IconWines.ca

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