Pete's Mountain Vineyard & Winery 2014 Ceille’s Block Pinot Gris

A wine idyll on the edge of town

Visiting Pete’s Mountain is one of those classic experiences. It’s almost impossible to believe that you’re so close to the big city.

A short drive off busy I-205 and you’re transported into the rolling hills of wine country – without the traffic! Stunning vistas await you at the top of Pete’s Mountain where you can spy Mt. Hood and the Willamette River. Just 20 minutes from downtown Portland!

Mike and Kristy Thayer are farmers at heart. They bought this stunning property and searched for the best crop to grow. After consulting several local experts, they realized that they had a unique site on which to grow grapes.

Named for the 19th century French immigrant that originally claimed and worked the land, Pete’s Mountain has an amazing micro-climate – located where the Tualatin and Willamette rivers meet, their vineyard combines cool nights and warm days for ideal grape growing conditions.

Collaborating with winemakers Laurent Montalieu and Anne Sery, they produce about 1800 cases a year from an eight-acre site with an astonishing range of elevation and soil types.

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Pete's Mountain Vineyard & Winery, West Linn, Oregon
2014 Ceille’s Block Pinot Gris

For Mike Thayer, it’s all about balance.

His goal is to create wines that are perfectly balanced with themselves and will be perfectly balanced with food. At Pete’s Mountain, they serve snacks with every tasting to highlight the perfect union between food and wine. And this Pinot Gris was amazing with the sharp white cheddar he served!

This lovely 2014 Pinot Gris truly is the epitome of the balance that Mike seeks. Just the right amount of fruit – white peaches, green apples and pears – balanced with a fresh acidity reminiscent of lemon zest and grapefruit. It is equal parts tart and fruity, but has a long finish that will keep you coming back for more.

This is a pefect food wine – great with big salads or cheese and crackers or fresh seafood!

A Cellar 503 selection in March 2016, Suburban Wines Willamette Valley | Pinot Gris

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