2013 Pinot Gris “Jenkins” Vineyard
- Total acidity
- <.05 g/l
- Serving temp.
- Best from
- Best until
- light dishes, appetizers, butter-poached fish, fresh vegetables, creamy pasta
The fruit for this wine came from a family vineyard in the Los Carneros region of Sonoma County. Farmed by multi-generational vineyard management/winemakers, these grapes were lovingly tended. Pinot Gris is actually a light red fruit, made in the style of a white wine. But with skin contact, it can take on a slight strawberry or orange hue. Our truck takes 2 days to get to Boulder, so we have the most beautiful rose gold color to this wine.
2013 was another beautiful vintage in Sonoma County. The perfect combination of cool evenings and warm sunshine culminated in stellar fruit conditions. The crop loads in 2013 were just as big and just as wonderful as 2012. Harvest for this fruit was on September 5, and we pressed this wine on September 7th, 2013.
We started with whole-cluster pressing in our ¼-ton press, followed by 48 hours cold settling in a 400-gallon stainless tank. We then racked the wine off the gross lees and pitched our yeast. Normally a cool, long fermentation is the protocol for aromatic whites, but two days into our ferment, we were hit with the thousand-year Colorado floods. Without power, roads, or water, we were unable to cool the tanks to slow the yeast. The ferment was finished in 2.5 weeks, leaving a lovely example of pinot gris. This wine received a bentonite fining and light filtration for clarity. Bottled in April, this wine is ready for enjoyment now.
Pinot Gris is an aromatic white, and is meant to be enjoyed while young and fresh. The wine opens with notes of orchard fruits, apple blossom and stony minerals. The palate weight is medium-full bodied, with a smooth texture and supple finish.
Pairings for Pinot Gris are easy. This wine is great with just about any light dish: Appetizers, medium-hard cheese, fresh pasta and veggies, butter-poached or pan-seared fish, or tuck it in your backpack and enjoy at the top of a mountain with a good friend.