Signature Styles & Characteristics
Although any grape can be interpreted in innovative and at times, outlying styles, the following chart/graphic represents the preponderance of what you will find California’s winemakers producing.
Pinot Gris: 35 percent on a scale from Dry to Off-Dry of Dryness/Residual Sugar.
Pinot Gris: 35 percent on a scale from Low to High of Acid (potential).
Pinot Gris: 35 percent on a scale from Low to High of Alcohol (potential).
Body (weight on palate)
Pinot Gris: 40 percent on a scale from Light to High of Body (weight on palate).
Pinot Gris: 100 percent on a scale from Lean/Tart to Round/Smooth of Texture.
Influenced by climate, terroir, clonal selection and winemaking
Fruit and VegetableLemon, lime, green -melon, green/yellow apple, quince, green/yellow pear, pineapple, peach, yellow plum, kumquat, loquat, star fruit, tangerine, golden raisin (in sweeter/off-dry styles), hay/straw, fennel
FloralHoneysuckle, citrus blossom, rose petal, violet, ginger, lemongrass, lemon thyme, carnation
EarthMineral, stone, asphalt, flint, slate, musk
Wood (oak)Smoke, toast, vanilla, sweet/baking spice
OtherPlain yogurt, crème fraiche, sour cream, raw nut (pine nut, peanut/peanut shell, almond, cashew), white pepper, honey
1-3 years, pedigree-dependent; consensus is to enjoy the variety young. Caveat: some premium Alsace and top-end Oregon interpretations can last for 10-15 years