Torii Mor Pinot Gris 2015

Torii Mor Pinot Gris 2015

15.00

In 1993 Dr. Donald Olson moved to the Dundee Hills of Oregon to pursue a dream of crafting Old World-style Pinot Noir, expressed through the diverse terroirs of Oregon. He purchased a vineyard planted in 1972 with 10 acres of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. He named his winery Torii Mor, after the torii gate in his Japanese garden (literally translating to “bird abode”, a torii is a traditional Japanese gate typically found outside Shinto temples, passing underneath it indicates a person has symbolically transitioned from the profane to the sacred), and the word ‘mor’, which Olson believed was an ancient Scandinavian word for ‘earth’ (technically, it means mother, but hey, mother, earth. Mother earth, we’re not picky). Together he believed the name symbolized the profound, near spiritual ability of Pinot Noir to express its terroir. Today, the winery sources fruit from not only the Olson Estate Vineyard, but from elsewhere in the Dundee Hills AVA, the Yamhill-Carlton AVA, the Chehalmen Mountains AVA, and the warmer Rogue Valley area for their Port wines. 2007 saw the full modernization of the winery, which is now both LIVE and LEED certified, and has a solar roof and is completely dependent on the flow of gravity for the winemaking process. Also produced at the winery are Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Riesling, and Pinot Blanc. This Pinot Gris shows delicate yet rich flavors of kiwi, pear, and golden apple. While the wine rests in a combination of stainless steel and neutral french oak, it does not go through malolactic fermentation, so the acid remains crisp and structured. Cold stabilization and filtering happen at the winery before bottling.

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