Pinot Gris

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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.

  • Dryness/Residual Sugar

    Pinot Gris: 35 percent on a scale from Dry to Off-Dry of Dryness/Residual Sugar.

  • Acid (potential)

    Pinot Gris: 75 percent on a scale from Low to High of Acid (potential).

  • Alcohol (potential)

    Pinot Gris: 75 percent on a scale from Low to High of Alcohol (potential).

  • Body (weight on palate)

    Pinot Gris: 75 percent on a scale from Light to Full of Body (weight on palate).

  • Texture

    Pinot Gris: 100 percent on a scale from Lean/Tart to Round/Smooth of Texture.


Influenced by climate, terroir, clonal selection and winemaking

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    Fruit and Vegetable

    Lemon, 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
  • Floral


    Honeysuckle, citrus blossom, rose petal, violet, ginger, lemongrass, lemon thyme, carnation
  • Icon Earth


    Mineral, stone, asphalt, flint, slate, musk
  • Icon Wood

    Wood (oak)

    Smoke, toast, vanilla, sweet/baking spice
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    Plain 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