December’s Offerings

2015 Cooper Mountain Old Vine Pinot Gris ($19)

Willamette Valley, Oregon
Pinot Gris

I’ve been a Cooper Mountain fan since 1995, the same year when it received organic certification. Then as now they seem to fly a little below the radar, at least when compared to other Oregon producers, but I’ve always really appreciated the purity of their wines as well as their commitment to environmentalism.

Vineyard: Planted in 1978 on Saum (volcanic) soil at a 650 foot elevation.

Farming: Organic and biodynamic. Manual harvest.

Vinification: Native yeast fermentation.

Tasting Note: Medium bodied with white flowers, toasted almonds and soft stone fruit, this Pinot Gris has complexity that belies its price.

Food Pairing: Salmon, but of course! Since I love my old school food pairings, trout almondine. Root vegetable and hazelnut salads or stews.

Drinkability: Now – 2020.

Alcohol: 13.1%