Appellation: Chamisal Vineyard, Edna Valley
Varietal: 100% Pinot Gris
Oak treatment None
Cases made: 170
Release date: March 2012
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now comprises 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcerous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors..
The classic Pinot Gris of Alsace was the model for our own bottling of this nicely weighty but bone-dry and refreshing Pinot Gris. These grapes were harvested and sorted by hand, then quickly pressed on the 1st and 3rd of October. The juice was completely fermented in neutral French oak barrels using a selection of native and cultured yeasts. The wine was aged on the lees for six months to boost texture and did not go through malolactic to retain the balancing acidity.
We have focused on two complimentary clones of this noble varietal. 146 is loaded with refreshing citrus notes and bright acidity, while AH displays more spice characteristics and has a richer mouthfeel. The two come together with loads of intense fruit and beautifully balanced structure.