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Few wines can match lighter fare as well as Pinot Gris. Its crisp and juicy fruit character is so perfectly balanced. This wine comes from grapes planted in the gently rolling hills of the middle Willamette Valley. The soil is intensely red and high in minerals; the vineyards are slightly elevated in altitude, putting them in the path of constant colling breezes. These factors imbue this wine with complexity and backbone.
Duck Pond picked 13% of the grapes by machine with brix at harvest averaging 23 degrees. The grapes were de-stemmed in crusher then put directly into the press. The juice was lightly pressed off to tanks, settled then fermented. Tank fermentation temperatures were controlled and kept between 55-58 degrees to capture fruity aromas. A beautiful vintage and a dry harvest brought us a crop of well-developed and ripe fruit. The resulting wine has a nose of peach, vanilla and lime. The fruit quality is reflected in the wine’s opulent mouth feel and gorgeous fresh-fruit palate. Excellent with shellfish, oysters, cheeses or cold chicken.
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