Naumes Family Vineyards, Rogue Valley (Oregon) Pinot Gris 2018

($25):  Although Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are the French and Italian words for the same grape, the name chosen by New World producers usually defines the style of the wine.  Naumes’ rendition, with its subtle hint of pear-like flavors, delivers the fleshy Pinot Gris version.  This is definitely not the innocuous style of Pinot Grigio.  Bright and racy acidity balances its weight.   Some barrel fermentation adds texture without being intrusive or obnoxious.  It’s a great choice for hearty seafood.
92 Michael Apstein May 19, 2020