GO GO JOVINO, LET IT FLOW
While Oregon is known for its Pinot Noirs, it could also be called Alsace’s North American outpost. It seems only natural that its white cousin, Pinot Gris, should also thrive there. And it definitely does. As Oregon’s second largest planted varietal, Joe Dobbes of Dobbes Family Estate, offers us a great value parallel brand of theirs called Jovino. Beautiful light copper coloured Pinot Gris grapes, estate grown in the Willamette Valley, are gently pressed without destemming. This whole cluster pressing is more time consuming and robs the cranky winemaker of sleep during harvest and guarantees a higher payroll, but also assures higher fruit notes and richer flavours in the bottle. The juice was fermented with a secret yeast at cool temperatures to accent the fruit. The wine was aged on its lees - yeast cells that have done their duty and settle to the bottom of the tank which add richness and creaminess. Gentle filtration took place before bottling. Jumping into the nasal cavities with sweet aromas of fresh cut pears and green apple and hints of vanilla and cream, this Pinot Gris will not disappoint. Perfect to sip on its own, enjoy with a chilled seafood salad or sushi with an extra side of avocado.
2016 Jovino Willamette Valley Pinot Gris V15580, $18.95.