2021 Pinot Gris
Old Mission Peninsula
October 10-12, 2021
6 months stainless steel and neutral French oak
Mostly stainless steel with some neutral French oak
April 20, 2022
Aromas: Asian pear, magnolia, cream soda, Golden Delicious apple, citrus. Flavors: Asian pear, fresh fig, Granny Smith apple. Finish: long, rich, acid-driven.
It was a cool spring, followed by an average to warm summer. Fall rains came early, and the grapes were picked in the middle of the rain event. Leaving them out in the rain longer was not going to gain anything in maturity, while risking loss of quality due to the wet weather.
Fermentation took place predominantly in stainless steel tanks, with a small portion fermented in neutral French oak barrels. Doing so built texture from the barrel while still maintaining the bright, crisp, fruity quality inherent to tank fermentation.