The grapes for Beringer’s Pinot Grigio come from vineyards along California’s coast where cool Pacific breezes temper warm days to create ideal growing conditions for this delicate varietal. The essential balance between long, warm days and cool evenings allow the grapes to fully ripen and develop fragrant fruit characteristics while retaining a lively balancing acidity and minerality. Additionally, the dry summers that stretch without rain from April through October allow the grapes a long, even growing season to build multiple layers of complex flavors.
When making the Beringer Pinot Grigio, Beringer’s winemaking team focused on the refreshing crisp minerality and fruity peach undertones for which the varietal is known. Following harvest, the grapes were gently crushed and immediately pressed to minimize skin contact. A cool-fermentation followed in stainless steel to retain the Pinot Grigio’s bright, fruit forward character.
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 83/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/05