This would seem to reflect a fairly significant stylistic shift from previous vintages. Here the influence of malolactic fermentation yields a soft, buttery wine with aromas of microwave popcorn. This is a winemaker choice, but yields a Pinot Gris that has lost much of its typical pear and apple fruit, and carries some bitterness in the finish.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.