2016 Pinot Gris
2016 was an exceptional vintage in Oregon much like 2014 and 2015. It was warmer in the winter, which gave us an early bud break (a day earlier than 2015).While temperatures were higher in the summer than we are used to, we had a warm and dry Fall leading to ripe, clean grapes with developed flavors. We had lower and more balanced crop yields than that of previous vintages. We are looking forward to seeing these wines develop in bottle for years to come.
TASTING NOTES: The 2016 Illahe pinot gris is layered with complex fruit and starts with notes of crisp granny smith apple, bright lemon zest, and hints of clove, paired with light notes of papaya and starfruit. Part of the fruit from the 2016 pinot gris is from our estate vineyard and part is from our neighbors at Erratic Oaks Vineyard. Both sites are heavily influenced by the Mount Pisgah weather patterns and soil structures. It is also influenced by the neutral oak it is vinified in, which adds creaminess and texture with lingering flavors of almond butter and a spicy finish of cardamom creates an exciting and flavorful wine that is sure to leave you wanting more.
Production: 1100 cases AVA: Willamette Valley Titratable Acidity: 6.05g/L Elevation: 250-450ft Winemaker: Brad Ford Alc. 13.5% by volume pH: 3.26 Fermentation: 50% oak fermenter, 50% stainless steel Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/L Pressing: Whole cluster Vineyards: 75% Illahe Vineyards, 25% Erratic Oaks Soil: Marine Sedimentary Clay and loam Notes: Horse drawn, hand picked, hand sorted, barrel fermented, hand bottled
HORSE DRAWN WOODEN BASKET PRESSED
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