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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.

2015 Pinot Grigio
Santa Barbara County

2015 Pinot Grigio

Technical Details

100% Pinot Grigio

Vineyard Sources:
62% Alisos
38% Clover Creek

Production: 174 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.1%
pH: 3.31
Titratable acidity: 0.54 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: One to two years
Bottle price: $19

The Harvest
Harvest at Clover Creek and Alisos vineyards occurred even earlier than last year\'s unprecedented early start date. The Pinot Grigio grapes were harvested on August 7th at Alisos Vineyard and on August 10th at Clover Creek Vineyard. Both lots averaged 21.7 Brix with excellent acidity. The crop yields at both vineyards were approximately 50% less than normal due to the extended drought.

The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and settled to a stainless steel tank for 24 hours, then racked and blended together into another fermenter to begin fermentation. Fermentation lasted 10 days, after which the wine was racked to a stainless steel tank for aging and then bottled in January 2016.

The Wine
The wine has the typical pale straw-gold color of this grape varietal. The aromas are of apples and pears with a hint of peanut oil in the background. On the palate, the wine is medium bodied with flavors of apples and cantaloupe. The wine finishes with a crisp, lingering finish.

Food Pairings
This wine is enjoyable all by itself, but it also complements lighter fare such as seafood salads and roasted chicken dishes.

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