The Eyrie Vineyards Pinot Gris 2012
★ ★ ★
Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $18
An amazing pinot gris. It’s from the same grape as the refreshing wines of Italy’s pinot grigio and the richer pinot gris from Alsace, but Oregon has created its own style. This is racy and vibrant and simply exciting. Jason Lett is justifiably proud of the age-worthy wines he and his late father, David Lett, who planted Willamette’s first pinot noir vines in 1965, have created, but this one is almost too good to wait for. Lett was also pouring an excellent 2012 Pinot Blanc from Dundee Hills ($20) and a lovely 2012 Willamette Valley pinot noir ($38). ABV: 12.5 percent.
Nice Legs: Available in the District at Paul’s of Chevy Chase; on the list at Bistro Bis; Corduroy; Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab; Sushi Taro. Available in Virginia at Arrowine and Cheese and Grateful Red Wine & Gift Shop in Arlington, Ashburn Wine Shop, Unwined (Alexandria, Belleview); on the list at Bazin’s on Church in Vienna.