2018 Coelho Vineyard Pinot Gris Willamette Valley
A light nose of mint, honey, beeswax, white flowers, pears, and honeydew floats above a palate that moves between ripe pears and poached pears, underscored by a Meyer lemon acidity framed by a kiss of tannins.
Pressed straight from the vineyard following the black Chardonnay protocol of Domaine Coche-Dury. The unsulfured, cola-colored, hyperoxidized juice settled in tank briefly before being inoculated and racked to barrels. Fermented at cool temperatures in 100% neutral French oak.
Coelho Vineyard, about 35 acres of Missoula Flood sedimentary soil in the gently rolling hills south of Amity in the Van Duzer Corridor AVA, produces high acid wines with generous fruit. Planted to 13 rows of Dijon 76 Chardonnay, 5 rows of Pinot Gris, and the balance to 50/50 Pommard and Dijon 777 clones of Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir from this vineyard displays notes of red fruit and earth. Chardonnay reveals a lemon core while Pinot Gris always has a wonderful balance of lemon-lime acid and expressive fruit.