2017 Vin Gris, Russian River Valley

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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

Winemaking

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

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

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