Brandborg Pinot Gris
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For the second year now, we were able to source all of our pinot gris, now from three vineyards in our Elkton Oregon AVA. Elk Valley Vineyard is on a west facing slope 2 miles south east of our winery. Our other source that we have worked with for a number of years is the Anindor Vineyard, on a west facing bench 3 miles east of our winery in Elkton. Less than a mile west of us, our newest source is the Gillirose Vineyard. The soils of all are born of the Umpqua River, windblown river sediments, called appropriately windygap. The 2019 vintage was challenging for vineyards and wineries across the state. After a warm, mild winter there was a 50 year snow storm at the end of February, just as sap was starting to rise in the vines. Then at bud break a frost. The summer was mild with few heat spikes, but rain came during harvest, reducing yields. The wine is a pale golden color. The aromas of this wine are dominated by tropical fruit flavors, pineapple and kiwi, with some spicy coriander and a touch of green bean or fresh hay. These flavors in the mouth are complimented by crisp green apple. The finish is tart and medium in length, making it the perfect cleansing quaffer to wash down briny oysters on the half shell, always one of our favorites with our gris.