River Stone Estate Winery 2016 Pinot Gris (Oliver) Okanagan Valley - BC
Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $20 (including taxes)
Production: 230 cases
Date Tasted: July 10th, 2017
Tasting Notes: Sometimes, when tasting Pinot Gris, you get the sense that the other labels in the winery's portfolio received more attention and nurturing than the Alsatian grape, even though it's the most planted white varietal of the valley. Gris, too often, gets treated like the proverbial middle-child of the Okanagan.
Thankfully, this is not the case with River Stone's example which has been thoroughly constructed resulting in a well-balanced, un-oaked-yet-rich wine with a vibrant, punchy nose, crisp acidity and plenty of apple, citrus and mineral aromas and flavours. The richness comes from extended lees contact and the yeast strains chosen to aide fermentation which have contributed texture and body on the dry palate.
Enjoy this Pinot Gris on its own or with a cheesy pasta sauce. Drink now-2019.
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2017 IconWines.ca