Rainstorm Pinot Gris
When we say that we have a deep Pinot passion, we’re not just talking about Pinot Noir–that’s not the only Pinot in town. Pinot Gris is just as inspiring and beautiful as Pinot Noir. After all, one cannot live on red wine alone.
We source our Pinot Gris, which features reddish skin with a white pulp, in the mild Willamette Valley and harvest it at about 21.5 Brix. We harvest by hand to avoid piercing the skins, which often happens during machine-harvests. The grapes are then taken to the winery, where we gently press and ferment them at cold temperatures. This allows us to create a wine that features a smooth character, with layered and integrated flavors. We age our Pinot Gris for a minimum of six months on fermentation lees (for a rich yet bright body) and use no oak or malolactic fermentation. The final wine is bone dry and very refreshing. Our Pinot Gris portrays aromas of crisp pear and honey blossom and flavors of mango with fresh acidity.
(Vintage Note: 2011 was a challenging vintage due to the cooler-than-average weather across the West Coast of the US. Despite the cool start to summer, the Willamette Valley enjoyed extended summertime weather that pushed the growing season into early November. We picked our Pinot Gris fruit the last week of October during perfect weather conditions.)