Pinot Grigio resembles Pinot Noir until veraison. The clusters when harvested are a beautiful copper color. Being a natural genetic mutation, Pinot Grigio has all the intrigue, complexity and flavors of Pinot Noir, with none of the red color. This vintage suggests that the Russian River Valley can produce Pinot Grigio every bit as glorious as its famous Pinot Noirs. The fruit comes from two vineyards in the Russian River Valley. The grapes were hand harvested and delivered to the winery in half-ton picking bins in the cooler mornings in order to maximize the grapes' integrity.


Color
Pale gold

Aroma
Melon, orange blossom, and spicy

Taste
Lively and fresh with a dense midpalate. Crisp with a lingering finish.


8,000 Cases


Grape Variety/Varieties:
Pinot Grigio

Alcohol Level:
14.2%

Dates Grapes Picked:
Late September 2007

Length/Type of Fermentation:
Whole-cluster pressed, racked after cold settling. 80% of the wine was tank fermented at cooler temperatures, 25% barrel fermented in neutral French oak.

Length/Type of Aging:
4 months in tank and neutral French oak barrels; lees stirred every 2 weeks.

Date Wine was Bottled:
February 2008

vintage publication rating
2007 Las Vegas Review Journal  
2007 Sun-Sentinel  
2006 KoeppelonWine.com  
2006 WineReviewOnline.com 90
2006 Santa Rosa Press Democrat  
2006 Newsday (New York)  
2006 Bon Appetit  
2006 The Patterson's Tasting Panel  
2005 Arizona Republic 90
2005 Fra Noi  
2005 Spirit Journal  
2005 The Record  
2005 Chicago Daily Herald  
2004 Canal's Wine in New Jersey 94