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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.

2014 Pinot Grigio
Santa Barbara County

2014 Pinot Grigio

Technical Details

Composition:
100% Pinot Grigio

Vineyard Sources:
53% Clover Creek
47% Alisos

Production: 396 cases
Alcohol by volume: 12.9
pH: 3.22
Titratable acidity: 0.58 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $19

The Harvest
The unprecedented early start of the 2014 harvest meant that we picked the Pinot Grigio grapes at Alisos Vineyard on August 14th, 18 days earlier than the year before. The grapes at Clover Creek Vineyard were harvested on August 20th, one week earlier than in 2013. These are usually the first grapes to come into the winery, so I had no issues harvesting them at the desired low sugar levels to maintain our style, which is characterized by low alcohol and high acidity.

Winemaking
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to a stainless steel tank, settled for 24 hours and then racked to another fermenter. Each lot was cold fermented for an average period of 15 days, then blended together in a tank to age before being bottled in mid-February 2015.

The Wine
The wine has the typical pale straw-gold color of this grape varietal. The aromas are of ripe pears and apples with hints of flower blossoms. On the palate the wine is light to medium bodied with flavors of spiced pears and melons. The excellent acidity creates a crisp counterpoint to the rich flavors and texture. We are pleased to offer another successful version of this delightful wine which will accompany many meals during the summer months.

Food Pairings
Enjoy this wine with fresh seafood, grilled lobster and roasted chicken dishes.

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