2017 Pinot Gris
Bright straw-gold in color, our 2017 Pinot Gris has aromas of honeysuckle, tangerine, ginger and develops white peach and herbs as the wine opens up. It opens on the palate with slate, lemongrass, nectarine and finishes with a sweet ginger spiciness.
Our 2017 Pinot Gris is predominantly from estate fruit, with a third of the fruit from growers in the Illinois and Rogue Valley which lends other fruit qualities into the blend. The fruit was hand-harvested, whole cluster pressed, and fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures for 30 days.
The 2017 vintage was a welcome return to a more classic vintage after four consecutive warm years. The winter was one of the snowiest on record, with delayed bud break in April and bloom in late June. Warm summer weather extended harvest since the grapes matured slowly with the cooler weather. Our naturally high elevation lent us cool nights as well, retaining acid in the fruit. 2017 wines will be more similar in characteristics to 2010 and 2011, than our more recent vintages.