Pretty peach and apricot notes greet, while zesty acidity provides a firm framework. Warm it up and honeysuckle notes round it out.
Literally summertime in a glass. The pale straw color in the glass hints at the liveliness and freshness to come. A nose of honeysuckle, elderflower, and jasmine bring to mind a breeze across a springtime field of fresh white flowers. The palate starts fresh and bright, with notes of nectarines and honey, leading into an unctuous center that has notes almost like candied lychee. The finish brings back those notes of white flowers and rich stone fruits.
Great to enjoy from aperitif to desert or just sitting on the deck sipping in the sunshine. Pair with crab cakes, grilled veggies, or a cannelloni.
2015 Boedecker Cellars Pinot Gris:
Ripe and polished, with rich flavors of melon and pear, and aromas full of peach and apricot. Good acidity and a creamy texture add up to a huge ‘delicious’ factor.
Burnished golden hue from the extended skin contact, and a nose redolent of peaches, honeysuckle, and spice draw you in. Rich, ripe and polished on the palate with flavors of honey, peaches, & apricots combined with just a hint of citrus, this wine draws you in and makes you think about winter coming to an end.
Pair with broiled salmon with grilled fennel, scallops in tarragon cream, or a spit-roasted pig.
Winemaking: Whole cluster maceration of 14 - 24 hours before gentle whole cluster pressing. Long cool ferment in neutral oak barrels sur lee, stirred until bottled.
The Vineyards: Stanton Vineyard (Willamette Valley), Yamhill Valley Vineyard (Willamette Valley)
Winemaking: 14-24 hours of whole cluster maceration on the skins prior to pressing for an extra level of complexity. Barrel fermented in neutral oak and lees stirred, the wine went through partial ML, all which build up the silky mid palate texture and enhance the stone fruit and nutty flavors while allowing the varietal characteristics to shine.
The Vineyards: Holmes Gap Vineyard (Willamette Valley), Stanton Vineyard (Willamette Valley)
Winery: Boedecker Cellars
Owners: Stewart and Athena Boedecker
Location: Portland, OR
Husband and wife team Stewart and Athena Boedecker created Boedecker Cellars in 2003 and have crafted wines focused on quality, finesse, and locality ever since.
After having lived abroad in Europe for two years, Pacific Northwest natives Stewart and Athena Boedecker returned home to found Boedecker Cellars in Oregon’s revered Willamette Valley. After five years spent honing their craft at the Carlton Winemakers Studio in Carlton, Oregon, they built their winery in the heart of industrial Northwest Portland – just a stone’s throw from downtown and yet just 40 minutes from the vineyards– where they continue to make their acclaimed wines from Oregon’s Willamette Valley. When you visit Boedecker Cellars today you will likely encounter Stewart and Athena in the cellar tasting through barrels and tending their small lot, world-class wines.
Guided by both tradition and science, we use minimal intervention techniques in our winery. Every stage of the process is done by hand, including harvesting, sorting, punching down, and racking. Fermenting with native yeasts lets us highlight the unique qualities of each vineyard, bringing every aspect of terroir into the cellar. We taste, blend and taste some more, age our Pinot Noirs for a year and a half in barrel, bottle, and release the wines six months to a year later.
Boedecker Cellars is a community made up of dedicated and hardworking folks. Our winemaking team consists of Stewart, Athena, friends and family. During harvest, everyone comes to help, putting in 12- to 14-hour days in the cellar, sharing in the craft and creation of our wines.
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Bought the last offer. Liked the Pinot Blanc and the only notes I took was that it got better as it warmed from refrigerator temps. FWIW, I believe I got two cases to serve with a lot of other wine selections at my son and DIL’s wedding last November! 5 Pinot Gris and 4 Pinot Blanc were left for me from 24 btls of Boedecker. went through about 80 btls of wine, 1 keg of beer, and 2 pony’s of IPA.
These both have fairly sweet flavor descriptions… Can anyone who bought in the past comment on perceived sugar? I usually enjoy off dry wines but don’t know that I’ve had a sweet version of either of these varietals
@CruelMelody I haven’t had either of these yet (1 case will be on the way once they ship…) But from experience with other Oregon Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris they are generally not “sweet” as in high RS. Sometimes the forward-ness of the flavors can make you feel sweetness even though there’s not much sugar.