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Cristom Pinot Gris 2018, Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Cristom Vineyards is located between Salem and McMinnville in the beautiful Eola Hills of the North Willamette Valley’s prime wine country. Cristom cultivates eight distinct vineyards planted to Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Viognier and Syrah; currently a total of 65 acres are in production. The vineyards are dry farmed with the focus on quality fruit with low yields and high density planting. Cristom’s vineyards are named for family matriarchs. ‘The six ladies’ each have natural variances in soil and elevation, and the grapes they nurture were selected to highlight each vineyard’s distinct attributes. The 2010 Pinot Gris is made from the 5-acre estate vineyard Emilia, along with a small amount of purchased fruit, and named after Eileen Gerrie’s grandmother. It was planted in 1993 and is adjacent to the winery. The vines were planted at a high density with two different clones and two different rootstocks. Fermented in stainless steel, 100% malolactic fermentation. Aged 11 months on its lees in stainless steel tanks.