2019 Ridgecrest Old Vine Estate Pinot Gris
Great with food or just with loved ones.
AbV 13.2% | TA 6.8 g/L | pH 3.19 | RS 2.6 g/L
Only 244 cases Produced!
2019 was an old school Willamette Valley Harvest: watching weather reports, valuing coffee over beer, charging bird cannon batteries, and consoling old friends newly moved to Oregon from California. Chats, waiting to offload an ancient truck’s fruit, were punctuated by “cool growing season, early rains, hang time, sugar, birds, electric sunset, botrytis, more birds, sunny days are overrated anyway…”
Despite an old-school vintage, the concentration, depth of flavor, color and structure of recent years all seem to be there. And the old is new again!
We missed Pinot Gris so much we decided to make a limited amount from our remaining 2 acres of old vine Gris to celebrate our 35th harvest anniversary. And, we made it the way it deserves to be showcased, with blonde fruit and acid, but also all the texture and weight to emphasize its relation to colored sibling, Pinot Noir. Aromatically, it’s brassy and creamy, evocative of golden delicious apples, flint, honeydew melon, and slate. 6 months in neutral oak fattened up the mid-palate and added a suede-like texture to fill out the peach skin and starfruit flavors. The finish is precise and focused, a mineral edge that makes your mouth water for the next sip. Great with food or just with loved ones.