Thompson / Alisos Canyon Vineyards
Santa Barbara County
2014 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 both Thompson Vineyard and Alisos 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: This wine is from two vineyards in Alisos Canyon north of Los Alamos only a mile from each other. 2014 was an excellent year for Pinot Gris with ripe, complex flavors and balancing crispness.
Suggested retail: 17.00
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Dates: Aug.20, Sept.14
Sugar: 22.8-23.3 Degrees Brix
41% Thompson Vineyard
59% Alisos Canyon
100% Cool Stainless Steel
Total Acid: .61
Bottling: January 1, 2015
Residual Sugar: Dry
Production: 610 cases