RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
The 2019 growing season in the Russian River Valley was excellent. Generally warm and evenly paced, these exceptional growing conditions delivered high-quality fruit into the cellar. The season began with plentiful winter rains and a cool spring that delayed budbreak. Though late May rains delayed spring development, they provided ample water resources for the vines through the season. A consistently warm and steady summer emerged by June, encouraging canopy growth and allowing fruit to ripen slowly. Vines developed clean, healthy clusters with rich, complex flavors and excellent structure. Cool temperatures late in the season preserved the fruit’s excellent acidity. Harvest began later in the year, allowing our viticulturists to bring in fruit at optimal ripeness with bright character and exquisite complexity.
The grapes for this Pinot Gris were sourced from cool areas throughout the Russian River Valley growing region, including our estate Cooper Vineyard next to our winery. We hand-harvested whole grape clusters, then transferred them to our French Coquard press. Using a unique, gentle pressing technology, the Coquard minimizes the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds of the grapes. This wine is made from free-run juice, fermented in stainless steel tanks and chilled at 60°F. We stirred tank lees weekly. Additionally, we also aged a portion of the blend in neutral French oak barrels. This technique enhanced mouthfeel and added creamy aromatics.