Willamette Valley, Oregon
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.