Iris Vineyards, Willamette Valley (Oregon) Pinot Gris 2022

($18):  Iris Vineyards does it again with their racy and sleek 2022 Pinot Gris.  Despite a modest 11.5 percent state alcohol, this light-weight wine packs a pleasing punch.  Floral and bright, it dances on the palate, revealing delicate hint of pears and stone fruit flavors.  A lively saline acidity energizes this beauty.  Subtle bitterness in the finish adds to its appeal.  It’s a versatile wine, enjoyable as a stand lone aperitive, but equally well-suited to cut through a wide range of flavors on the table from spicy Asian fare to a tomato basil pasta.
95 Michael Apstein Sep 5, 2023