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Capitello Wines Pinot gris 2012


$17.45 Regular

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2007 Vintage Tasting Notes

In the nose, there's sweet lychee, intense essence of passionfruit, and hints of citrus, with an undercurrent of lemon flowers. In the mouth, that wonderful rich mouthfeel Ray gets in his wines, like silk across the palate, impresses just before a positive rainbow of fruit flavors cascade over the tongue.

What's most striking about this wine is the range of flavors that focus and then diffuse, constantly changing. There's so much going on here, it's hard to describe the many subtle variations of flavors, like a finely divided color wheel, endlessly making themselves known, then fading to allow a new sensation to present itself. Fruit mingles with mineral, hints of creaminess, refreshing citrus, and crisp, uplifting acidity. - Avalon

2007 Wine Spectator - 90 points - A lively mouthful of creamy, minerally pear and lemon flavors that linger on the harmonious finish. Bright and juicy. Drink now through 2011. - H.S.

Food Pairing: Simply exquisite as a sipping wine, or with a bit of triple creme cheese. Copper River Salmon, grilled simply, might be its perfect partner.

Made by Ray Walsh, who was winemaker at King Estate from 1995-2005, Ray made perhaps the best known Pinot gris from Oregon, the King Estate Pinot gris and Reserve. He brings years of expertise with the grape to his own winery with lovely results.

Ray uses a technique he learned in New Zealand, freezing the grapes during processing to enhance and intensify flavors. He chooses to pick at the moment of "psychological ripeness" as he calls it, when he finds the grapes to offer the most complex aromatics and flavors, rather than the "physiological ripeness" so popular today.

The 2006 vintage was featured in New York Times (12-26-07): "...the '06 Capitello, was also Alsace-style, with flavors of apricots, nuts and flowers. Its slight sweetness was balanced by a lively acidity. "

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