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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2012 Pinot Grigio
Santa Barbara County

2012 Pinot Grigio

Technical Details

100% Pinot Grigio

Vineyard Sources:
55% Clover Creek Vineyard
45% Alisos Vineyard

Production: 380 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.0%
pH: 3.23
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $19

Our two vineyard sources for our 2012 Pinot Grigio rebounded from the low yields of 2011, providing us with enough fruit to produce our normal volume of wine.

The grapes from Alisos Vineyard were harvested on August 31st, with a sugar content of 20.5 Brix, while the grapes from Clover Creek Vineyard were harvested on September 8th, with a sugar content of 20.8 Brix. For both lots, the grapes were whole cluster pressed, and the juice settled for 24 hours before being racked to another tank to begin fermentation. Fermentation averaged 14 days at around 58°F to preserve the delicate fruit aromas of the grape. The lots were blended together into one tank to age until the wine was bottled in January.

The wine has a very pale color. The nose has fragrant aromas of pears and brown spices, with a slight herbal hint. On the palate the wine is light to medium bodied with rich expansive flavors of pears and spice. There is a mineral element to the mid-palate which combined with the high acidity gives the wine a long, satisfying finish. The overall balance of this wine is exceptional. I feel this 2012 vintage is one of our most successful renditions of Pinot Grigio to date.

Enjoy with fish, seafood salads and chicken.

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