Wine Description & Statistics
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Santa Barbara County

2012 Pinot Gris

Pinot Gris is grown throughout the world, with Northern Italy perhaps getting the most recognition in recent times. A fairly hearty variety, Pinot Gris is ideally grown in a climate just cool enough to develop the acidity needed to provide structure for the near full-bodied mouth feel.

Bruce is very impressed with Thompson Vineyard in Alisos Canyon, a site he feels is well suited for making big, rich wines. This vineyard seems to be in the climate mid-range, as it is in neither the coolest, nor the warmest area in Santa Barbara County.

The varietals planted here were thoughtfully chosen to take advantage of soil and microclimate. While its reputation lies primarily as a superior red grape vineyard, it also produces great Pinot Gris.

Winemaker's comment: Picked ripe and then whole cluster pressed (including stems) to minimize phenolic extraction. A cool stainless steel fermentations maintains the crisp acidity of the wine while putting forth fresh apple and pear flavors.

Suggested retail: 17.00

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2012 Thompson Vineyard Pinot Gris 17.00
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Dates: October 27, 2012

Sugar: 24.1 Degrees Brix

100% Thompson Vineyard

100% Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .63

pH: 3.29
Alcohol: 14.7%
Bottling: March 6, 2013
Residual Sugar: Dry

Production: 383 cases