An Attractively Named White with Flavors to Match

An Attractively Named White with Flavors to Match

When spring finally decides to reappear, you'll want this wine at your dinner table

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Left Coast Cellars is a catchy name for this 350-acre contiguous plot of land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Winemaker Joe Wright is a man after my own heart, a former wine retailer who caught the winemaking bug – and how! Left Coast is making flavorful wines at affordable prices – a recipe for much deserved success. Their Pinot Gris is grown on sandstone-based soil, where apple and pear orchards once flourished. The results are vibrantly alive.

2015 Left Coast Cellars The Orchards Pinot Gris $18 srp

Brilliant, white golden color. A rich nose of honeyed pineapple, spicy tropical fruit and ginger-dusted lemon/clementine cream. Flavors are lush, soft and sip-able, with elements of ripe apple and stone fruit emerging on the refreshing, but not totally dry, finish. Stainless steel fermented and aged, try this in the coming springtime, or while wishing for it! Swordfish, salmon or curried vegetables would all love this. Drink now.

90/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.