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My biggest weakness in recognizing wines is the whites. My descriptors for these aren’t nearly as broad because I haven’t had as much experience with them, and certainly not with well made white wines. Part of the problem that I run into, is that restaurants, and even wine bars serve white wines at ice-water temperatures, which flattens out ANY personality that a white wine could have. Do yourselves a favor, folks, and don’t leave white wine in the fridge before serving it. Instead, try leaving it in the garage, or a cool basement. This gives it a nice chill, without making it so cold that you could be drinking anti-freeze and not notice.

Lange Pinot Gris
This wine’s nose is ripe with gold pears, green apples, and evened out with hibiscus flowers. I expected a tart wine, but was pleased to find a pleasantly frizzante palate cleansing of pears, golden with hints of Asian pears around the edges.

King’s Ridge Pinot Gris
This wine might have gone bad. The aroma was almost rancid, rottenly overripe with green grass. Certainly the wine was from colder weather, and had flavors like tart green apples, and grapefruit. As it opened, the faults of potential oxidation abated, to show a mineral, grassy wine, that more resembled a sauvignon blanc. (As a side note, I have met only a handful of sauvignon blancs that I could stand).

Elk Cove Pinot Gris
This wine also had some flaws up front, that faded as I let it sit. It opened with acetone, perhaps gassed and saved after previously opening? The Elk Cove pinot gris smelled of overripe cantaloupe, celery, parsley, sea foam and was finished with refreshing lime. As it turns out, the Elk Cove Pinot Gris was my favorite of the night, with stunning cantaloupe, honeydew melon, and canned pear juice. The balance was exquisite, between fruit and acid.

Second in the long list of future wine flights, is the Pinot Noir. While I have a hard time distinguishing between white wines, pinot noirs are much more easy to differentiate. Their personalities are more distinctive.

King’s Ridge Pinot Noir
This wine immediately has a cold weather taste to it, more hesitant in it’s greeting. It will warm up to you, but it opens with cold boysenberry juice and basil. As it warms in the glass, the King’s Ridge pinot noir becomes warm, earthy cinnamon, still with a winter edge, with blueberries, dried cranberries and woody roots. An impressive pinot noir indeed.

Lange Pinot Noir
The Lange pinot noir is the kind that I enjoy best. It’s a more masculine wine, with leather, wet folliage just after a rainfall, burned marshmallows, and licorice tea. It’s not the most complicated of wines, but it is lovely.

Elk Cove Pinot Noir
My least favorite of the flights, made big and syrupy for American tastes. There are cherry coke flavors, lavender and juniper. If you’re a fan of bigger wines, like American Zins, this pinot noir would be a good alternative.

Lange Pinot Noir 2010

Lange Pinot Noir is an actively bright fruity wine. It is distinctively pinot noir, but with giant cranberries and red cherries. It has dry wood quality with beautiful herbal notes. Through out this wine there is a feisty smokey quality that bulldozes through. This wine is a rugby player, rugged cranberry.

Lange Chardonnay 2009

Lange’s Chardonnay 2009 from the Willamette Valley WAis an amazing chardonnay, unlike anything I’ve experienced. It’s full of orange, rather than lemons or citron. There is banana fruit, unripe banana peel, big green leaves with hints of papaya, pineapple and whispers of citron zest.

This wine is one that I purchased mostly for enjoyment, not really for reviewing purposes, because Lange has since released newer vintages. I’d recommend it. I bought multiple bottles, myself.