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2017 Pinot Blanc

Director of Winemaking Dave Nagengast describes Pinot Blanc as “the white wine for red wine drinkers”. With more weight than most other white varietals, it is opulent, round and creamy, yet finishes with a bright acidity. For such a cool, intriguing wine, why aren’t there more Pinot Blancs out there? For starters, it’s persnickety in the vineyard and low-yielding. It’s the genetic cousin of Pinot Gris, which is a genetic mutation of Pinot Noir, which is quite a capricious varietal. In a world of Chardonnays and Pinot Grigios, Pinot Blanc is the phantom wine, hard to find and truly a niche wine. Our 2017 Pinot Blanc is an expressive wine with fragrant aromas of pear and yellow apples, a soft mouthfeel, and flavors of butter and caramel. The delicate aromatics lead to a round and opulent mouthfeel with a long, layered finish.

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Greenfield, with its windy, maritime climate, is ideally situated for the cool-climate loving Pinot Blanc. The cool afternoon breezes keep heat stress at bay, an absolute necessity for top quality Pinot Blanc, and the long growing season allows the fruit to reach optimum flavor development on the vine, while maintaining the crisp acidity. e site we chose for our Pinot Blanc is Block E-3 of our Mesa del Rio Vineyard, an alluvial fan with gentle slopes, excellent air flow, and a distinctive, shaly soil.
The grapes were hand-sorted and picked into half-ton bins. Upon delivery to the winery, the grapes were gently whole cluster pressed to prevent oxidation and avoid extraction of any harsh tannins. The juice was then racked clean to barrels for fermentation. Barrel fermentations warm up to high temperatures compared to stainless steel fermentations. This helps extract more oak tannins from the barrels, adding roundness and a fuller mouthfeel to the wine. The wine was aged in 68% French oak and 32% Hungarian Oak.
100% Mesa Del Rio
Harvest Date
October 22, 2017
Harvest Brix
Alcohol %
68% French Oak, 32% Hungarian Oak
Cases Produced
Bottling Date
August 14, 2018