In the few dozen 2011 Pinot Gris‘s I have tasted this year, I am noticing softer aromatics and the wines are not as pronounced like they have been in the previous years. The same spectrum of flavours are still present, but its like smelling them through a filter, they just aren’t as pronounced and their intensity isn’t as strong. Good or Bad? That depends on the style of wine you like.
Then there is Cedar Creeks 2011 Pinot Gris, a well crafted expression that took a cooler year and still achieved a style that I hope remains consistent for years to come. You have a spectrum of flavours, a great mouthfeel that balances sugar, acid, oiliness, and purity of fruit.
A great example of a Pinot Gris from Baillie Grohman in Creston BC. I am impressed by the purity of flavours achieved and the soft hand of oak. This is going to be a region to watch if we consistently see this style of wine. If you have never driven through Creston, it is worth the adventure, the scenery is breathtaking.