Scharf Farms Vineyard bottle

Scharf Farms Vineyard

Pinot Gris, 2015

The Scharfs have been farming their land in Oregon’s Willamette Valley since the 1930s. Brothers Justin and Jason Scharf, the fourth generation running the farm, elevated the role of grapes in a holistic program that includes sustainably grown hazelnuts, cloves, wheat and other crops. Their Pinot Gris vines inhabit a special microclimate of chilly Pacific Ocean breezes that preserve the grapes’ natural acidity, resulting in a vibrant, food-friendly wine.

Profile

Scharf Farms Vineyard Pinot Gris is a light-bodied wine with clean, alluring fruit flavors. It’s the same style you find in cooler climates such as in France’s Alsace region, not the lighter version from warmer places, such as Italy.

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Pale straw with apricot edges
APPEARANCE
Pale straw with apricot edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Peach
Lemon
Melon
Pear

Pairing

Light, fresh whites elevate the flavors of a dish’s fresh ingredients and help them shine, almost like a chorus providing the background harmony. That’s why these wines—such as Pinot Grigio, Grüner Veltliner and unoaked Chardonnays—are sublime with simple broiled sardines.

TASTING TIP

Cool-climate Pinot Gris, like this wine, feel fuller-bodied in your mouth. Warm-climate examples, usually labeled as Pinot Grigio, feel lighter.

A light, fresh white is a nice complement to the dish's aromatic power, and will also help balance the spices.

Pour a light, fresh white to balance the soy, ginger and umami flavors, and help the veggies' flavors stand out.

Uncork a light, fresh white to help bring more balance to the sweet-salty flavor combination of the chicken.

This dish is bursting with zesty Mediterranean flavors, so pour a light, fresh white that'll help all those flavors pop.

Pour a light, fresh wine that won't get in the way of this dish's delightful combo of sweet, spicy and garlic flavors.

A well spiced dish calls for a crisp white wine that freshens your palate. This one also cuts through the fish's succulence.

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More About The Wine

The Willamette Valley wine region is massive, home to more than 500 wineries spread across approximately 3 million acres. The valley is carved into several special subregions, each with distinct soil and microclimates. Pinot Noir is far and away the most widely planted variety, but Pinot Gris grows particularly well in the valley’s cooler spots.

DID YOU KNOW?

Pinot Gris grapes are dark purple, not green, as with most white wines. The wine is purple, too—the color is filtered out before the wine is bottled.

  • VARIETY
    Pinot Gris
  • VINTAGE
    2015
  • VINEYARD
    Scharf Farms
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Willamette Valley, Oregon
  • OAK
    Stainless steel (no oak)
  • SOIL
    Missoula flood–sedimentary
  • ALCOHOL
    14.1%
  • FARMING
    Sustainable

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