Lorelle Pinot Grigio
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The fruit for this wine comes from den Hoed Vineyard, within the Columbia Valley AVA, where it is a little cooler than other locations in the area.
- This cooler climate vineyard gives the wine unique freshness and bright acidity.
- This fruit is machine harvested so it is imperative that it goes immediately to the winery, this is why they ferment the grapes near the vineyard site in Richland, WA.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Grigio
Elaboration: The fruit is harvested and pressed at a low temperature immediately after harvest to preserve the freshness of the fruit. The fruit is chilled in stainless steel to fermentation temperatures, around 50 degrees.The wine is cold fermented, which is typical for whites, to protect the volatile aromatic esters. The yeast used for the Pinot Grigio is Prise de Mousse.
Tasting Notes: Flavors of pear, stone fruit and green apple. This wine is conventionally dry, but has enough ripeness to balance the wine’s natural acidity making it well-rounded and easy to enjoy.
Lorelle is produced from a small, family owned and operated winery. Better known as the people behind Six Peaks Winery, founders, John and Lynn Albin (UC Davis), along with their son, Andrew Albin (OSU), work together to produce Lorelle, which are both true to variety and excellent companions with food.
After a long stint as winemaker at King Estate, John planted his own vines at Laurel Vineyard in 1981. Nearly a decade later they expanded from viticulture to winemaking. Throughout John’s long winemaking history in the Pacific Northwest, he has had many opportunities to work with and befriend many talented farmers. These relationships are part of what makes Lorelle so special. They not only meticulously tend to their own vineyards for this project, but they also source some of the best fruit from the best growers year after year to make wines that are consistently delicious.