The season started with bud break on April 27th. The weather was cool in May and through June with flowering 2 weeks later than usual. August also had cooler than normal nights. Early September was wetter and cooler than normal but was followed by a return to seasonal norms up to the end of October. The vines were farmed sustainably with particular care and attention to canopy and water management. Harvest decisions were based on winemaker’s personal preference with particular attention to sugar/acid balance and flavor. The grapes for this single vineyard Pinot Gris were grown on our estate vineyard, River Rock Vineyards, planted in a location that allows the vine to thrive and mature fruit of a consistent quality and character. The vines were in their 20th leaf when the fruit was harvested (Sept 29th). All of our vineyards are on south facing slopes where soils are composed of rock, sand, and gravel laid down during the last glacial recession.
The Pinot Gris was hand-picked September 29th, at peak ripeness, destemmed and pressed after a short period of skin contact time. The juice is then allowed to settle and racked to another stainless steel tank where it is inoculated with yeast starting the temperature controlled fermentation. A single commercial yeast strain was chosen for flavor and mouthfeel characteristics. Following fermentation the wine spent several months on the finer lees before finning, blending, filtering and bottling.