2017 Pinot Gris

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The Hendry Vineyard is located on benchlands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on thin, stony clay soil between 200 and 300 feet above sea level.  Morning fog and strong afternoon breezes from San Pablo Bay moderate our climate. 

Hendry Block 1, planted in 1997, is located on Redwood Creek, just before the white barn on the left as you enter the ranch property. It is in the coolest part of the Hendry vineyard; the shadow cast by a high ridge immediately to the west shortens the available sunlight hours. Additional cooling comes from morning fog and afternoon breezes from the south. The vines are spaced 7 x 5’ and are cordon-trained and spur-pruned. A 6-foot trellis system supports the canopy. 

 

Whole cluster pressing was used and the juice was fermented in stainless steel at temperatures ranging from 56º to 59ºF. This cooler fermentation requires several weeks to complete. When alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine remained in stainless steel until bottling with screw cap closure. 

 

Pale straw. Bright initial aromas include orange rind, honey, lemon and pear. Round on the palate, with delicate flavors of almost-ripe banana, lemon, with lemon rind on the finish. Mild acid, balanced. Serve with lighter foods without too much fat, like oysters, hummus, grilled white fish with gremolata, garlic-cucumber-yogurt tzatziki…or enjoy by itself on a warm afternoon.


 

 

 


Wine Specs

Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 5.32
VA: .26
Cases Produced: 98 cases