Oregon growers introduced this varietal to the Willamette Valley because it thrives in the same region or terroir as Pinot Noir. Pinot Gris (or Pinot Grigio as it is known in Italy) is a white variant or mutation of Pinot Noir. Cardwell Hill planted clone 152 and uses sustainable agriculture practices to produce premium quality fruit.
The grapes reflect a long warm summer season that produced a superior crop which is reflected in fruit flavors integrated with a backbone of citric acids.
A state-of-the art automated press is utilized in whole cluster pressing of the fruit. The juice is then cold soaked for about 48 hours and racked off the lees before fermentation. Primary fermentation is achieved in stainless steel equipment followed by cold stabilization. The fermentation was stopped at a residual sugar of 1.0.
Vineyard: 100% Cardwell Hill Cellars
Viniferia: Clone 152
Harvested: Mid October 2015
Brix: 22.5 – 23.5
Alcohol: 13.66 %
No malolactic fermentation
Bottled: January 25, 2016
Production: 1341 cases
This wine has a light honey colored hue with a subtle fruity nose. The mid-palate presents green apple flavors mingled with citrus and a strong acid backbone make this a wine to savor. There is a hint of banana and a note of honey on the finish, which is long a luscious with continued citrus notes.
Pinot Gris is a perfect compliment to lighter fare such as salads and seafood. It can be served as an alternative to sparkling wine. This estate bottled wine is solely produced from our vineyards that are certified sustainable by Salmon Safe and LIVE (Low Input Viticulture and Enology.) Drink by mid-2019.