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<br/><br/><br/><br/>DESCRIPTION: <br/>Grapes from premier Central Coast vineyards including Olson Ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands contributed to the final blend of this wine. A Pinot with classic aromas from the cool micro- climates of the Central Coast, this wine showcases flavors of red cherry, cola, and briar complimented by nuances of sweet vanilla.<br/> <br/>Detailed Winemaker's Notes <br/>WINEMAKING NOTES: <br/>Grapes from premier Central Coast vineyards including Olson Ranch in the Santa Lucia Highlands contributed to the final blend of this wine. The grapes were harvested throughout the early morning to ensure the fruit was kept cool for fermentation, and were picked at the peak of ripeness during September through mid-October. The grapes were de-stemmed and cold soaked prior to fermentation for optimal extraction of color and flavor. A percentage of the must underwent natural fermentation and the remainder was inoculated with a mixture of Burgundian yeast strains for complexity, mouth-feel and depth of flavor.<br/> <br/>VITICULTURAL NOTES: <br/>The 2007 growing season in the Central Coast was of extremely high quality and small yields. An unusually cool, dry winter led to harvest beginning several weeks later than normal and resulted in small berries and berry sets. Spring arrived late and was relatively mild, allowing for exceptional flavor development without excessive sugars. A heat spell in August accelerated the ripening briefly, but the mild temperatures continued through a late harvest that lasted until late October in some of the Central Coast’s cooler AVAs. The long growing season and small berries resulted in exceptionally complex, concentrated flavors and aromas.<br/> <br/>TASTE PROFILE: <br/>The Central Coast winegrowing region runs along nearly 250 miles of stunning California coastline. The region extends from San Francisco in the north all the way down to Santa Barbara in the south. The Central Coast region is planted to over 100,000 acres of wine grapes and includes 27 distinct appellations such as Santa Rita Hills, Monterey, Santa Lucia Highlands, Santa Barbara County, and San Luis Obispo County. The cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean and the diversity of soil types found in the Central Coast produce site-specific Pinot Noir grapes that lend themselves to blending harmonious wines.<br/> <br/>FINISHED WINE:<br/>Grape Source: Central Coast<br/>Varietal Content: Pinot Noir<br/>Titratable Acidity: 0.62<br/>Residual Sugar: 0.23<br/>Alcohol: 13.7<br/>pH: 3.55<br/>
This very pale gold Pinot Gris has a nose of golden delicious apple and a citrus note. Faint anise lurks in the background. Tastes of golden delicious apple and pepper lead to a finish that has a strong pepper note. Taste became bolder during second glass where pepper became more dominant. Most will find this Pinot Gris an intruiging variation.
CellarTracker Community Tasting NotesCommunity Tasting Notes (average 86.4 pts. and median of 86 pts. in 24 notes)
Vintage ChartRating for United States-California: 90 (slightly better than average year)