Enjoy this one while it's still available! Small yields due to drought, but a unique flavor and color profile due to the fruit's concentration. Easy drinking, with undertones of some more complex savory apricot flavors. One of our favorite wines this year.
Featured in the NY Times by Eric Asimov in 'The Polarizing Power of Orange Wine' and in Bloomberg by wine writer Elin McCoy as 'The Best 50 Wines under $50, 2019'
Origin: Sonoma County, CA (Clarbec Vineyard)
USNW Classification: Natural, Certified Organic Vineyard
Varietal & Type: 100% Pinot Gris
"Due to drought, the vineyard yield was 50% less than normal, resulting in a slightly darker color this year, and slightly more flavor concentration.
The Pinot Gris is first destemmed, to embrace freshness, crushed to maximize skin contact, and left on the skins in open small 3/4 ton bins for the start of fermentation. Fermentation occurs naturally with indigenous yeast, with no additions or cold soak, with two punch downs a day, by hand.
After five days, the wine was pressed off the skins into neutral French oak barrels, without settling, to finish primary fermentation, then ML natively, for 5 months total elevage. The wine remained on heavy lees for 5 months, unstirred, until racking 1 month before bottling in Feb, with no fining, filtration, or additions other than a small amount of SO2. Bottled into clear glass to show off its gorgeous orange color. The wine is part of our Farmhouse series, that features an alternative animal logo, and a picture of our Sicilian Miniature donkeys, Dolce and Sofia."
The Clarbec Vineyard is the estate of Isaac Clarbec, 4th generation grape grower, who also manages an extensive number of vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The vineyard was planted ~25 years ago, on their estate, in a cooler section of Sonoma Valley – climate being in part why Pinot Gris was selected to plant. Soil is classic Sonoma gravel and loam, formerly an ancient creek bed, that left a lot of gravel, great for drainage. Organically farmed.
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