2017 Estate Pinot Gris, Russian River Valley

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Our delicate and inviting Russian River Valley Estate Pinot Gris begins with aromas of lily, honeysuckle and white blossoms that blend with Anjou pear and the slightest touch of white pepper. The bright, deeply layered palate bursts with fruity notes of juicy nectarine, zesty grapefruit and ripe kiwi, finishing with floral hints of elderberry blossom. We suggest pairing this wine with achiote-marinated chicken with grapefruit-avocado salsa or seared scallops with a Meyer lemon-white wine pan sauce, drizzled over poached asparagus. For a cheese pairing, try this with chèvre and pumpkin seed brittle.

Vintage Comments

The 2017 growing season in the Russian River Valley was challenging, but in the end delivered exceptional quality. A wet winter extended into early spring, soaking the ground and providing vines with abundant water resources. A warm, sunny growing season meant our vineyard managers were kept busy managing growth to give us just the right amount of light penetration and air-flow to the clusters. Aside from this canopy management, there was minimal intervention needed throughout the growing season. Most vineyards were harvested before a late season heat spike, giving us clean and balanced fruit with bright character and concentrated intensity.

Winemaking

The grapes for this Pinot Gris were sourced from cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley growing region, including our Cooper Vineyard next door to our winery. We hand- harvested whole grape clusters at 24.0 Brix, and then transferred them to our French Coquard press. Using a unique, gentle pressing technology, the Coquard minimizes the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds of the grapes. This wine is made from free-run juice, fermented in stainless steel tanks, and chilled at 60°. We stirred tank lees weekly. Additionally, we also aged 20% of the blend in neutral French oak barrels. This technique enhanced mouthfeel and added creamy aromatics.

Technical Notes

Clones::
Pinot Gris 146 and 152
Harvest Date::
August 26 & 30, 2017 as well as September 2 & 25, 2017
Alcohol::
14. 3%
Acid::
0. 61 g/100ml
pH::
3.23
Residual Sugar::
0. 50 g/100ml

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