A to Z Wineworks is a partnership of two winemaking families. Founded three years ago, the company has quickly became Oregon’s fastest growing winery. The business model is simple: to produce and market Oregon’s best value wines by eliminating unproductive fixed investment and unnecessary overhead. Originally, A to Z sourced and blended excess wines from other Oregon producers. Although the company continues to purchase wine, they have gradually decreased their dependence on the variability of those supplies in favour of long-term grape agreements from Hood River through the Willamette Valley and south to Medford. While the contracts themselves ensure continuous sources of fruit, the 350 mile geographic dispersion serves as a hedge against a weather calamity in any particular region. The idea behind A to Z is that these four friends can seek out individual lots of good quality finished wines, blend them skillfully to bring together their individual characters, and then offer consumers a new wine at a value price that is in essence greater than the sum of its parts.
The A to Z Pinot Gris leads with bright aromas of tropical fruits (lemon, lime, lychee, mango, passion fruit and kiwi) as well as melon, ginger, lemongrass and wet stone. Succulent and juicy on the attack, the mid-palate is drenched with peach, spiced pear, baked apple, quince, hibiscus, white flower and mineral flavors. On the finish, the acidity wraps up the wine with a clean, fresh palate and lasting impression of a wine with great purity and typicity balanced by some richness and depth.