Rainstorm Pinot Gris & Pinot Noir Rosé
I am more than happy to share Rainstorm Wines with you! For those of you who may not of heard of them, they are a great budget friendly winery located out of Oregon. I am fortunate to have been sent two bottles of their delectable wines, their Pinot Gris and their Pinot Noir Rosé. Needless to say, I have been invited to their Pinot Party!
The Rainstorm Winery and Estate Vineyard are located in Willamette Valley, Oregon where the majority of their grapes are harvested. Rainstorm Wines currently produces 3 wines, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Pinot Noir Rosé. These grapes are among the fastest growing grapes in the industry and make for delightful wines.
Pinot Noir is a very challenging wine to make and a very temperamental grape to grow. While I personally do not have experience working with the grape, I do have experience drinking the juice. I have had my fair share of good Pinot Noir and bad Pinot Nior, some that made me never want to try the varietal again. One quickly comes to mind and should be taken off of store shelves. But when you get a good bottle of Pinot Noir, your taste buds dance jubilantly into the night.
With my mother-in-law being a Pinot Gris Patriot, I was indoctrinated into the wine world with this varietal in college. I spent countless summer days enjoying Pinot Gris in a floaty on their lake. This has made me a quite informed taster and given me a high standard for the wine. I.e. would Kathy like it?
As you can imagine, I was very excited to try Rainstorm's Pinot Gris and their Pinot Noir Rosé. I am happy to say, I love them both! These two wines are the perfect summer/end of summer wines. They are both light and refreshing.
Blake and I tried the wines side by side and tried our best to pick out tasting notes. Either wine would be phenomenal to have with fish or other fresh foods like ceviche.
Lately, I have not liked many Rosés and I have been trying to find one made from the perfect grapes. I want something that is not too sweet and something that makes me feel like I am drinking my true love... Red. Red. Wine... I seem to only like Sangiovese Rosé , but this Rainstorm Pinot Noir Rosé gave my taste buds a run for their money. It was perfectly dry and incredibly bright. Some of the notes we got from the wine were of wet stones and strawberry, it smelled lovely and was not too sweet.
The Pinot Gris was also as amazing. The smell of the wine confused us a little bit, we were getting grapefruit notes similar to that in a Sauvignon Blanc. It has a beautiful aroma of citrus notes with hints of apples. The wine is quite high in acidity, making it the perfect crisp summer wine. This was definately my favorite of the two. I had this wine both at room temperature and cold from the refrigerator. I actually liked it more at room temperature, it made it a bit smoother to drink which can be dangerous... Either way, we will definitely be adding this to our regular wine rotation.
I am so thankful to Rainstorm wines for sharing these with me. I cannot wait to try out their Pinot Noir. If it is anything like these two wines, I am sure it will taste phenomenal. Check out the highlighted links for where you can find these wines near you. Until next time, cheers!