2017 Vin Gris, Russian River Valley

  • 750ml
  • $24
  • QTY

A vibrant salmon hue, the 2017 Vin Gris features bright flavors of Rainer cherries, blood orange, ripe raspberries and alpine strawberry, complemented with a floral whisper of violet and rose petal. The delightfully weighty palate has hints of rich creaminess with a zesty citrus finish that lingers on the long finish. Pair this wine with salmon tartare with capers and onions, prosciutto and watermelon salad with ricotta salata or a double cream Brie topped with candied hibiscus.

Vintage Comments

The 2017 growing season in California 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 very pure, bright flavors and concentrated intensity


To craft our 2017 Vin Gris, we allowed 10 tons of whole-cluster Russian River Valley Pinot Noir to soak on the skins for eight hours prior to pressing. This juice comprised about 30% of the blend. The balance was made using the saignée method of Rosé winemaking, where after a cold soak of 12-48 hours on the skins, Pinot Noir juice was gently “bled” from open-top fermenters. The drained juice, as well as the whole cluster pressed juice, fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures allowing the juice to retain its fruit-forward characteristics and vibrant acidity. The final blend aged on the lees for five months prior to bottling, creating a lush mouthfeel without the need for secondary malolactic fermentation.

Technical Notes

14. 1%
0. 54g/100ml
Residual Sugar::
0. 09g/100ml
3. 56

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