Maysara Arsheen-Pinot-Gris

Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris

WHY WE LOVE IT

  • Maysara Arsheen was named after the Archeamenian Princess during the 500 B.C. Era. She taught astronomy and was granted the role of winemaker in the palace due to her impeccable palate and knowledge.
  • The grapes for Arsheen are grown at the Momtazi Vineyard in the McMinnville AVA. The Momtazi’s believe in holding vintages until the wine is fully evolved, rather than releasing chronologically. Each vintage is unique and should mature on its own timeline.
  • Maysara Winery and the Momtazi Vineyard is committed to capturing the true expression of the land and conveying it through premium quality wine.
  • They practice low-impact, holistic farming methods in their Demeter certified Biodynamic® vineyard and carry this philosophy into their cellar, where Biodynamic® winemaking practices produce wines with intensity and elegance while maintaining natural harmony between fruit and earth.

Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris

Elaboration: 100% Native yeast fermentation, 90% stainless steel/ 10% Nomblot concrete egg.

Tasting Notes: A bright expression of fruit right up front, allowing you to mingle and recline in a shaded garden on a sunny day. The wine floats atop a delicate hint of salinity that will reward pairings of shellfish and citrus-based preparations. Arsheen has a smart, refreshing character that will bestow clarity and a ready-set-go!

PRESS

2016 – 90 Wine Spectator

2018 – 92 Wine Enthusiast

2020 – 92 Wine Enthusiast

2022 – 91 Wine Enthusiast | 90 James Suckling | 90 Jeb Dunnuck

PRODUCER BACKGROUND

Moe and Flora Momtazi immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in the 1980s and, on April 1, 1997, purchased what is now the 532-acre Momtazi Vineyard and Maysara Winery. It is located in McMinnville, Oregon, in the McMinnville AVA, about 50 miles southwest of Portland. Their three daughters are all heavily involved in running the operation as winemaker, head of sales, and event manager.

Back in Iran, Moe had learned the value of organic farming and respect for the earth from his grandfather. Those principles remain vital to all aspects of the winemaking process at Maysara. They believe 90 percent of winemaking takes place in the vineyard. They use Demeter Certified Biodynamic winemaking methods, which are low-impact, holistic farming techniques and vineyard management practices. They never use chemicals and employ a holistic approach to vineyard management by growing a variety of medicinal and dynamic flowers and herbs that they make into compost teas.

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