Provincial Vineyards 2015 Nova Sparkling Pinot Gris
An engineer's approach to the grapes.
Like so many others, Neil Frederickson left behind a career as an engineer to join the wine world. But unlike many, he didn't focus on the winemaking path - rather, Neil is a viticulture nerd. His passion is for the work that happens in the vineyard, long before the grapes hit the barrel and the bottle.
It all started with a retail winemaking kit. It was fun, but he wanted better grapes. So, he planted four plants in his Portland backyard. So far, so good. Then, 80 plants - planted up north at family cabin in the Okanagan Valley (a major wine region in British Columbia). Even better. Before long, he'd convinced his brother to invest in ten acres in the northwest corner of Willamette Valley, tucked into the foothills of the Coast Range. With four acres under production today, Neil is known for his experiments with adjusting yields (cutting back fruit) and canopy cover (balancing shade and sunshine) in order to maximize quality.
That's the engineer's background asserting itself in the viticultural process - and is only possible because Neil is personally engaged in every aspect of vineyard management.
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Provincial Vineyards, Forest Grove, Oregon
2015 Nova Sparkling Pinot Gris
Provincial's non-sparkling Pinot Gris has won lots of awards. And now, in an unusual twist, it's got bubbles!
Owner/grower Neil Frederickson loves Pi not Gris because it's easy to grow and easy to vinify. That makes it the perfect grape for his viticultural experimentations -- and the wine clearly shows off unique place where it's grown.
The wine is lightly effervescent with flavors of pearl, apple, and a hint of tangerine. It has bright acidity and a clean mineral finish. The result is a drinkable, fruity, sparkling wine that will be a hit at your next holiday party or dinner.
Only 65 cases produced.