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    Cooper Mountain Reserve Pinot Gris 2011
    Pinot Gris/Grigio - Willamette Valley, Oregon

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    • W&S91
    • RP90
    Price: $13.99
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    Professional Ratings: 91 Wine & Spirits, 90 The Wine Advocate

    Region: Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Varietal: Pinot Gris/Grigio

    Style: Fruity & Smooth

    Alcohol By Volume: 13%

    • 10%
    • 16%

    Item no. 120124

    Winemaker's Notes:

    This is Cooper Mountain's signature Pinot Gris from what is shaping up to be one of the finest vintages the Willamette Valley has seen. This Reserve Pinot Gris is 100% stainless steel fermented and shows tones of mineral, peach, pear, apricot. A rich and balanced wine.

    Critical Acclaim:

    A bright, fresh gris with lush pear scents and a wheaty, leesy top note, this feels generous and inviting. Its flavors are lean and angular with invigorating drive and a sour lees note to the finish that lends complexity and length. For white sausages. Best Buy.

    91 Points
    Wine & Spirits

    The Cooper Mountain 2011 Pinot Gris Reserve deliciously illustrates two things that winemaker Gilles de Domingo professes to love: reduction and lees. From the former, this wine derives its sense of vibrancy and finishing "ping;" from the latter an enhancement of this cepage's natural tendency toward textural richness (notwithstanding that to taste 90% of the Oregon exemplars I did, you would never guess Pinot Gris had that inherent proclivity!). Ripe peach and Persian melon, subtly brown-spiced and mingled with fresh citrus juices and bittersweet candied citrus rind inform a luscious yet invigorating performance you won't be able to resist. I have no idea how this might age but wouldn't be surprised if it held up beautifully for several years. (I wanted to cry after tasting this and then learning that Cooper Mountain also grows my beloved Pinot Blanc, but had not supplied me a sample.) And did I neglect – do I even need – to note that this humbly-priced Pinot Gris picked at the end of October represents absurdly fine value?

    90 Points
    The Wine Advocate
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