The Four Graces Pinot Gris, exuberant citrus nose with stone fruit, and whiffs of white honeysuckle and ample lemon zest, white florals and ripe-asian pear on the palate add up to a very balanced wine. Bight acidity contributes to sharp undertones.
A truly palate pleasing Pinot Gris, showing best when decanted. The wine does take some time to open up. However, after a bit of time in my glass, it did so with a citrusy burst.
In conclusion, it’s a delicious, well-made and delightful bottle. But, my recommendation would be to drink young and lightly chilled.
About the Vineyard
Named in honor of the Black’s four daughters, the Black family purchased an existing vineyard in the Dundee Hills of the Willamette Valley in 2003 as a family retreat.
Biodynamically and sustainably farmed through the L.I.V.E (low impact viticulture and enology) program makes the vineyard one of the largest experiments of its kind.
Today The Four Graces is owned by Bill Foley and produces Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Blanc.
Marc Myer’s, who has been in the industry since 2008 is the winemaker at The Four Graces.
The historic farmhouse on the Foley Family Estate has been renovated into a quaint tasting room for visitors. Additionally, guests are encouraged to leisurely walk through the demonstration vineyard and to bring a picnic lunch.
Find out more about The Four Graces at www.thefourgraces.com
About Pinot Grigio/Gris
A member of the extended Pinot family of grape varieties, Pinot Gris, is a pink-skinned variation of Pinot Noir. Consequently the two types are identical in the vineyard right up until veraison.
Generally produced as a varietal wine, Pinot Gris flavors and aromas vary significantly from region to region and from style to style. But common features include notes of pears, apples, stonefruit, tropical fruit, sweet spices and even a hint of smoke or wet wool.