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Pinot Gris, 2010. Opolo
Item # C0714W2DC

Pinot Gris, 2010. Opolo

Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Pale yellow
Nose: Pineapple, guava and citrus
Palate: Fresh herbs and lime
Finish: Kiwi and nectarine
Rating: 93
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016/Alcohol - 14.3%
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Opolo owners. Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have been neighbors since 1997 when Nichols bought vineyard property adjoining Quinn's. Together they now own about 280 acres of vineyards in Paso Robles, about 200 acres on the Eastside and 80 on the Westside. The Westside vineyards are in the Adelaide hills producing wines such as Pinot Noir and Sangiovese, while the Eastside properties produce varietals such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.Quinn grew up in Duluth, in an Italian, Serbian and Croatian neighborhood. The families would make wine from grapes ordered from California that would be delivered in a boxcar. They didn't have any of this 'pick in the early morning and crush a couple of hours later.' By the time they got the grapes they were already fermenting.

Quinn moved to California in 1979 and continued to pursue his love of wine and winemaking. He began to source grapes from quality growers, such as Fratelli Perata in Paso Robles. Though the impetus for buying that first parcel of vineyard was having grapes for his own winemaking, Quinn has always sold the vast majority of his crop to other labels. Their vineyards sell fruit to quality labels such as Hess Collection, St Supery, Harrison Vineyards, Wild Horse, Castoro Cellars and Fetzer. The name Opolo is a nod to Quinn's Yugoslavian heritage and is actually the name of a blended rose-style wine found on the Dalmatian Coast.

Pinot Gris is the French name for Pinot Grigio which is ubiquitous all over Italy. It is a soil driven grape in that it takes on the character of the soil in which it is grown more so than most. Yet, it is a relatively easy grape to grow and wine to make, though it does have a tendency to oxidize if exposed to too much air.

The name comes from the French word pin, which means pine cone. Similar to Pinot Noirs, the bunches of grapes on the vine are shaped like a pine cone. Gris means grey and comes from the fact that, unlike most white grapes, the skin has a slightly grayish tinge to it.

Perfect for summer, this wine showcases pineapple, apricot and white nectarine. Honeyed fruit benefits from a fresh acidity. This goes well with pasta salad, grilled white meats or finger foods.

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