The 2017 Cameron Hughes Lot 631 Pinot Gris is Hughes' first such varietal in nearly ten years. It has been on the competition circuit and has collected awards along the way. The grapes came from an unnamed, family-owned Willamette Valley estate, and are certified biodynamic. The wine was made in stainless steel tanks and rested on the spent yeast cells for four months, gathering weight and creaminess in that time. Alcohol is restrained, 13% abv, and the wine sells for $12.
The pale wine has a beautiful salinity on the nose, draping itself over the citrus flavors. It smells like the ocean, almost like a Sardegna Vermentino. The palate is just waiting for shellfish. Great acidity, great fruit and all the sea you can drink.