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2019 Pinot Gris

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Tasting Notes

Our 2019 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 2019 Vintage threw everything it could at us winemakers. We started off with a very mild winter, then out of nowhere we saw record snow accumulations in late February that lasted until early March. Thankfully this did not affect buds on the dormant grapes, but it did cause a delay in bud break; about 2 weeks later than normal. Delayed bud break then delays ripening overall so we did see a later than usual ripening to get to our optimal ripeness, we did see a decent amount of heat accumulation, but the 2019 vintage will go down as a cooler vintage for Washington State. Not only did we have these challenges to overcome, our typically amazing Octobers was very trying for us. We didn’t see one frost on our vines, but we saw two freezing periods that made our winemaking decisions ever more challenging. The 1st frost we saw we were happy with the results thinking we have escaped a terrible outcome in the vineyards, then 9 days later we were hit very hard and we saw considerable frost damage to all our grapes. As we are seasoned winemakers, we took this challenge head-on and decides to purchase brand new state of the art equipment including an optical sorter that would eject bad and damaged grapes before any of these grapes went into a fermenter or press. The new equipment worked as amazing for us and the results in the wines are more than pleasing for us as well. Challenging vintages like 2019 really lets you know as a winemaker what you are made of and we at Airfield Estates not only took this challenge head-on, we excelled and the wines we produced from this vintage are going to be more consumer-friendly with higher acidity and lower alcohols but the fruit aspect is exceptional.

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: 750 cases
  • Alcohol: 13.2
  • pH: 3.59
  • Acidity: 6.1
  • RS: 0.12
  • Ageability: Now through 2024

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