Union Wine Co., Kings Ridge, Pinot gris, Willamette Valley, Oregon, USA, 2015
This wine: varietal pinot gris, screw cap closure, 13.5% abv, M&S, £14 (01/17)
Consumer tasting note: a quaffable offering, with orchard and stone fruit on the nose, along with touches of almond oil and honeysuckle; medium bodied, a disappointing palate with a thin flavour range from the orchard and stone fruit group, with a whiff of honeysuckle. Medium length, drink now. Decant 30 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, pale intensity lemon, showing tears.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, youthful, with aromas as they come, of pear skin, yellow apple, touches of almond oil and bees-wax, then white peach, honeysuckle, touch of yellow peach, touch of spice
Palate: dry, medium acidity, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, smooth texture with a very low-key grip, medium intensity, with flavours of yellow apple, touches of almond oil and hay, white peach, low-key honeysuckle. A medium length, with a clean yellow apple/unripe stone fruit finish, with a very low-key grip.
Quality: good, a sound acid structure in keeping with the alcohol, the nose intensity is initially very reserved, opening out to orchard and stone fruit, with floral and almond oil edges; showing some complexity, but lacks intensity and concentration, mirrored by the medium length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to ageing.