There are some wineries who, when you hear their name, you nod. Then there are the ones who make you smile. A to Z is one of those.
Two couples founded the winery in Dundee, Oregon, in 2002. Each person had had experience with local wineries that read like a who's who of the best there is. The founders are Deb Hatcher from Eyrie, Bill Hatcher from Domaine Drouhin, Sam Tannahil from Archery Summit and Cheryl Francis from Chehalem. With that kind of background, the expectations were pretty high.
Of course, those expectations were met and exceeded to the point that, in 2006, they partnered with San Antonio Spurs coach, Gregg Popovich, to purchase Rex Hill, another iconic Oregon centerpiece.
Let's be clear. The first thing you think when you hear Oregon wine is Pinot Noir. It's what put them on the map, and some of the greatest wines from that grape have been born right here.
However, just like in Burgundy, this finicky grape likes a marginal climate, which sometimes can make great wines, but too often doesn't. Pinot Gris, on the other hand, makes spectacular wines every vintage.
This gem is no exception. Similar to the outstanding offerings of Alsace, our selection offers hints of melon and pear with splashes of nectarine, guava and fresh cut flowers. It lingers on the palate just long enough titillate the senses and then vanishes like the dream that it is.