Rich aromas bursting of citrus, grapefruit, and honeysuckle greet the nose with a hint of lemon tree blossom. Supple on the palate, flavors recalling white peach, melon, and fresh citrus are supported by balanced acidity and a minerality on the finish.
Santa Lucia Highlands
With abundant rainfall, we were able to start the growing season with soil profiles that were full for the first time in many years. Early season growth was nice and uniform, and the bloom period weather conditions could not have been better. While June had cooler than normal temperatures, the end of July and August saw temperatures consistently above average, including our night time temps. The winter
rainfall, excellent irrigation and canopy management along with quick harvest mobilization all played important roles in avoiding what could have been a huge disaster in regards to yield and quality loss.
Unlike its genetic relative, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris’ best qualities do not benefit from the influence of aging in new oak barrels. To preserve this wine’s delicacy, the grapes were gently pressed and fermented in temperature-controlled steel tanks. The cooler fermentation highlights softer aromatics and helps maintain the wine’s clean flavor profile.
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