2018 Pinot Gris

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Tasting Notes

Our 2018 Pinot Gris displays aromatics of fresh peach and stone fruit with a citrus bouquet. Layers of grapefruit and a touch of pineapple create an aromatically profound wine that showcases depth and roundness that finishes with a subtle hint of wet stone.

Vineyard Designation

100% Estate Grown

Vintage Notes

The 2018 vintage was characteristic of Washington State with a mild winter and very hot summer. Temperatures in March and April were slightly above average, leading to bud break mid-April. A warm spring provided perfect growing conditions for the vines. Our meticulous viticultural practices allowed us to manage vigorous growth throughout the season so the plants reached optimal crop yield goals for each block. The hot summer allowed grapes to reach full maturity and ripeness levels far exceeding anything we saw in 2017 or 2016. White grape varietals received significant sun exposure creating bountiful aromatics with balanced acidity. The red grape varietals made wines that are luxurious with dark fruit aromas and silky tannins. The 2018 vintage will be one to enjoy for many years to come.

Winemaking Notes

Harvested in mid-October in the cold morning hours to help prevent "pinking" (Pinot Gris is a red grape varietal) then sent directly to the press. After pressing, the juice was sent to stainless steel tanks to settle out solids. In order to capture the tropical and citrus fruit elements, the wine was fermented at a cool temperature of 58 degrees Fahrenheit. Cooler ferments allow for a slower fermentation and keeps the aromatics fresh. Alcoholic fermentation took about 29 days, after which solids were stirred back into the wine twice a month for two months. This process helps round out the wine and creates a smoother texture. The wine was then sent to our concrete tank for additional aging. Concrete aging gives the wine more depth and roundness while incorporating a complex layer of minerality.

  • Varietal Composition: Pinot Gris
  • Appellation: Yakima Valley
  • Cases Produced: 209 cases
  • Alcohol: 13.3
  • pH: 3.49
  • Acidity: 6.4
  • Ageability: Now through 2023

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