The Acrobat wines produced by King Estate of Eugene, Ore., a pinot noir and a pinot gris, are intended as entry-level wines for those just now approaching these lovely and popular varietals. The 2010 Acrobat Oregon Pinot Gris (about $13 at liquor stores and wine shops) certainly will entice new drinkers, but it also is a find for those of us who already appreciate this sunny summer white.
We searched it out to accompany a chicken curry weekday dinner and were delighted to find it just right with the savory dish, its crisp minerality and refreshing fruit providing perfect counterpoint to the Indian-inspired fare.
The wine kicks off with a lightly citrusy nose and blooms on the tongue in a gorgeous bouquet of ripe pear, ginger, lime and green apple with a subtle white pepper punch. Through mid palate, a note of mellowing honeydew is introduced, while on the long clean finish the green apple takes a final bow.
If you have more leisure and ambition than we did on a Wednesday, the winemaker suggests pairing this pinot gris with olive oil-poached sole in a beet balsamic sauce, to which we say: Yum!
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel. For an index and archive of reviews, go to pictograph.com.