Bright, crisp, fresh – good acid – and stainless steel sounds like a recipe for a great Oregon Pinot Gris. The Northwest state is better known for its Pinot Noir but Pinot Gris comes right behind the marvelous Burgundy-like reds.

clineWith that backdrop, consider Cline Cool Climate Pinot Gris from the Sonoma Coast. Cline is a rock solid name in the mid-teen price range. Their wines consistently deliver varietal correctness, balance, and value for the price.

But the Pinot Gris was amazing – it was sooooo good! Refreshing, bright, a hint of tartness with really nice acidity made it great with a baked pork chop. Now, this wine would rock with grilled fish or about any fish but the pork chop was already in the oven.

Cline grows its Pinot Gris on the estate along the Sonoma Coast of the cooler region. They also use sustainable growing practices and employ 2,000 solar sun panels to power their winery. Lots of good reasons to like these people and their great wines.

I recently received Cline samples of Vionier, Mourvedre Rose, Marsanne-Roussanne, and this Pinot Gris. I’m really anxious now to try Cline’s verson of those classic French Rhone grapes.

Cline 2012 Cold Climate Pinot Gris, SRP $14, Trade Sample, Very Highly Recommend.