Sophisticated, lively and floral, our 2021 Pinot Gris combines apple blossom and
golden pear with a flinty minerality. This wine is round and crisp on the palate with
flavors of green apple and tangerine. The citrus notes hold strong through the finish
due to a bright acidity.
Our home ranch on the westside of the High Valley AVA has been known as “High
Serenity Ranch” for over one hundred years. The blocks planted to this idyllic site include
Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and Gewurztraminer. Each block is comprised of
ancient lakebed and alluvial soils from the surrounding mountain range. The transverse
valley winds create some of the coolest sites in Lake County. The lower temperatures on
the valley floor allow for diurnal temperature swings of more than forty degrees, enhancing
flavor development while the retaining a crisp acidity.
We harvest our grapes early in the morning to ensure peak acidity and freshness upon
arrival to the winery. After gentle pressing, we allowed the juice to cold settle overnight.
The next day we racked the juice off heavy lees and fermented in small stainless-steel
tanks. Sur lie aging with battonage (lees stirring) once a week in tank creates additional
body, texture and viscosity in the wine. This wine was aged six months, lightly fined and
filtered before bottling for maximum freshness and brilliant clarity.