2014 Pinot Gris
Once again the grapes for this wine come from our Viticulturists Family Vineyard. Just outside the town of Sonoma, with 4 generations of vineyard management and wine making behind them, the Jenkins family are great stewards of the land and crop. Cloaked in morning fog, with gentle breezes keeping grapes dry and healthy, this location is stellar for full bodied, yet crisp whites.
The 2014 Vintage was an interesting one. Early Bud break, a hot,
dry growing season, and exceptionally early harvest in some areas
caused some concern over the physiological ripeness of the fruit.
But a cool, damp front moved through the Sonoma countryside in
early august and gave us a few more weeks on the vine. All in all,
it was a good, if condensed, year for grapes in Sonoma.
We destemmed and crushed this fruit, pressed in two Bladder
Presses, and then tank fermented. Aromatic whites are typically
fermented in a cooler environment to preserve their aromas.
Fermentation took about 1 month at 56 degrees. This wine was then
aged in tank for another 4 months. At this time, we decided the
wine would benefit from another month in neutral oak to flesh out
the midpalate a bit. So racked to tank, it spent another month
rounding out, and was then bottled.
Similar qualities to our 2013, this wine was harvested at a lower sugar level, giving more acidity and a linear feel. It drinks more like a traditional Pinot Grigio, with a crisp nature and fresh, bright fruits. Upfront, notes of green apple and lemon are followed in the mid with pear and wonderful minerality. Bright and fresh this wine is best served deeply chilled, with lighter foods, cheese, shellfish.