2018 Keeler Heart Pinot Gris
Region: Eola-Amity Hills < Willamette Valley < Oregon
Grapes: Pinot Gris
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Certified organic, certified biodynamic wine (Demeter); volcanic basalt soils; fermented in a concrete Dolia (amphora) on full lees for 8 months, aged in partial neutral oak then racked to stainless tank for natural clarification one month prior to bottling; bottled unfined/unfiltered with minimal So2; 11.5% ABV; 125 cases
Winemaker: Gabrielle and Craig Keeler
MOUNTAIN MAGIC: Vineyards flank the southwest slope of the Eola-Amity Hills AVA, in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, butting up to the snow-capped Cascade mountains. This area of verdant woods/forests and buckets of rain conjures up cozy alpine images -- and its wines feel just right for fall and winter drinking.Husband-and-wife team Craig and Gabriele have been farming organic and biodynamic from the start, with the goal of creating a holistic environment that would attract insects, owls and raptors, all the better to grow grapes using organic, Demeter biodynamic, LIVE certified and Salmon Safe practices. Oregon is way ahead of Cali in terms of commitment to environmental stewardship, but this level of care and investment in all the certifications is extreme (in a very good way!) even for Oregon. The wines are extremely good as well, especially this pristine Pinot Gris that we put in the delicious water category - super light, almost clear in color and easy to finish a bottle. We want this Alsatian-style PG on our Thanksgiving table - the fresh, slightly honeyed fruit and vibrant acidity pair so well with a big spread of holiday food.