Pinot gris is a Vitis vinifera
grape related to Pinot noir
which goes by a lot of other names:
- Pinot Grigio
- Ruländer (sweet)
- Grauburgunder (dry)
- Tokay d'Alsace
- Auvernat Gris
- Auxerrois Gris
- Grauer Mönch
- Crvena Klevanjka
- Pinot Beurot
As a wine, the Wine Enthusiast
has identified several widely recognized styles:
- Pinot Grigio style: light-bodied, often lean; light in color; neutral, sometimes spritzy flavors, crisp and acidic.
- Oregon style: medium bodied; yellow to copper-pink color; crisp, full, plump, lively flavors with aromas of pear, apple, and/or melon.
- Alsace style: medium- to full-bodied; rich, somewhat floral; viscous, almost oily in texture; less fruity than the Oregon version; long lasting.
- German style: medium- to full-bodied; fairly sweet, but well balanced with good acidity.