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Underwood is a Pinot Gris made entirely of fruit from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The landscape here, on the western edge of the state, was shaped by the collision of three mountain ranges: The Klamath, the Cascade, and the Coastal. The soil is fertile and rich due to recurring ice-age floods that swept topsoil from Montana down the Columbia River gorge. Layers of sediment were deposited as the waters subsided, and the resulting network of hills and valleys contains some 150 different soil types.
The 2015 vintage in Oregon started off with a mild winter that caused bud break to occur very early. The early warm temperatures continued through spring, with vines flowering through late May to early June. Summer was warm and dry. Weather cooled in September, allowing flavour components to catch up with escalating sugar. The harvest was a beauty: Bountiful fruit, extremely high quality, intensely concentrated wines with great energy.
Underwood Pinot Gris is a bright and refreshing white wine made for backyard BBQ’s and summer evenings. Fermented entirely in stainless steel for vibrant aromatics and flavour, you’ll pick up layers of generous fruit, intense concentration, and great energy. Notes of lemon, apple and pear.
“Immediately sucks you in. Delicious flavours, great aromatics. Pitches through the drinking zone. Smells of pear, ginger, floral stuff, marzipan. Tastes fresh, white flesh pear fruity, has great length, touch of savouriness and a refreshing finish. There’s some richness to texture but it doesn’t forget drinkability. It’s destined for drinking in the sun, on the water, or similar. It’s worth checking in.”
92 points, Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 2015