Napa Valley 2013
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break in 2013; we experienced ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity. Early ripening varietals came off the vines by early September, with perfect ripeness and ideal hang time. Two brief mid-September rains had virtually no impact, as sunny weather dried the grapes almost immediately. Cool, sunny weather throughout October allowed great flavor development. Overall, the 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent.
The grapes for this wine were grown in the Nichelini Vineyard in the Chiles Valley region of Napa Valley. The region, with its clay-loam and shale soils, favors a longer growing season with its higher elevation and persistent morning fogs. Our long-term contract with this vineyard provides vintage-to-vintage consistency.
After whole-cluster pressing, the Pinot Gris juice was fermented to dryness in stainless steel. The wine was moved to neutral one-and two-year-old French Oak barrels for 90 days, where the lees were stirred routinely to increase yeast contact and add richness. Prior to bottling, the wine received minimal filtration and fining to preserve the fresh fruit flavors.
This Pinot Gris is noted for its fresh fruit aromas, dominated by ripe peach, pear and nectarine notes. The minimal contact with oak provides some creamy textures that complement the wine's bright acidity, making this an ideal food wine.
Ratings & Reviews
87 points - 2012 Vintage
"Lemony, with coconut water, pear and stone fruit flavors, set on a medium body, with a crisp, juicy finish. An overtone of tropical fruit and floral details lend this some added charm. Drink now. 418 cases made."
- Wine Spectator, June 2014 Download PDF
88 points, Editors' Choice - 2012 Vintage
"Just a touch of French oak gives this 100% Pinot Gris a soft, toasty creaminess. The fruit veers towards mouthwateringly tart Meyer lemons, nectarines and Asian pears. It's an elegant and versatile wine to pair with many different kinds of foods."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide, March 2014 Download PDF
• Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Gris
• Appellation: Napa Valley
• Alcohol: 13.8%
• TA: 0.62 g/100ml
• pH: 3.35
• Oak Aging: 90 days
• Oak Cooperage: Natural French Oak
• Bottling Date: May 14, 2014
• Production: 385 cases