2012 Pinot Gris “Curry Creek Vineyards” – 89 points

The 2012 Pinot Gris “Curry Creek Vineyards” comes in at 13.5% alcohol and 25 grams per liter of residual sugar. Curry Creek is planted only with Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris, the vines used by the winery since 2007. Calling 2012 a “particularly ripe vintage,” the winery says it allowed more residual sugar this year as well as a six-month fermentation and extra time on the lees. Seeming quite fresh while finishing with a sweet edge, this is a nicely focused Pinot Gris that is most notable for its friendly demeanor, but also capable of showing some tension and grip on the finish. The sugar covers some Pinot Gris character, which is sometimes a bit hard to find, but it is fresh and finishes cleanly. It’s very enjoyable in its off-dry style. Drink it young or hold it a few years, but it is certainly rather enticing now. There were 200 cases produced.

89 points – #219, The Wine Advocate

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