Oregon rarely gets credit for how good its Gewürztraminers can be. This is a perfect example: a classic, varietal nose shows citrus blossom, baby powder and lychee; it’s both fragrant and slightly exotic. Clean and creamy in the mouth, its floral flavors have elegant textures and surprising length. Best Buy. —P.G.
Whatever magic Foris works with its Pinot Gris is wonderfully captured in this near-perfect effort. Vibrant and fruity, clean and forward, it is softly scented with fragrant pears and citrus zest. Somehow it is both big and rich, yet still elegant and balanced, with true varietal character. Best Buy.
Foris has Pinot Gris dialed in, showcasing the subtle, delicate flavors perhaps closer to Italian Pinot Grigio than other, big, fruity domestic bottlings. The winery location,— in the cool Illinois Valley of southwest Oregon, puts an Alpine twist on the flavors—lemon peel, pineapple, lime, and just a touch of honey.
A lovely wine with ripe honeyed fruit balanced by crisp acidity. It was fermented and aged in stainless steel, so what you get here is pure spicy Pinot Blanc fruit with a silky mouthfeel and a long, delicious finish. Best Buy.
Barrel fermented in neutral oak, and not put through malolactic, this offers in place of more obvious barrel flavors some subtle notes of cinnamon and brioche, custard and citrus rind. A fine effort.
Although the 2011 vintage was difficult, Foris did particularly well with this lightly spicy, fruit-laden Pinot Gris. True varietal flavors of pear and apple are perfectly set against vivid acidity.