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2018 Pinot Blanc
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2018 Pinot Blanc
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Blanc
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Mesa del Rio Vineyard
Harvest Date
Oct 24, 2018
pH
3.6
Aging
100% new French and American oak, 8 months
Bottling Date
Aug 14, 2019
Alcohol %
14.6
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Dave Nagengast, our VP of Winemaking, 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 elusive. Our 2018 Pinot Blanc is an expressive wine with fragrant aromas of pear and yellow apple, a soft mouthfeel, and flavors of butterscotch and caramel. The delicate aromatics lead to a round and opulent mouthfeel with a lingering subtle oak finish.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Pinot Blanc
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Mesa del Rio Vineyard
Harvest Date
Oct 24, 2018
pH
3.6
Aging
100% new French and American oak, 8 months
Bottling Date
Aug 14, 2019
Alcohol %
14.6
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Wine Profile
Vineyards
Dave Nagengast, our VP of Winemaking, 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 elusive. Our 2018 Pinot Blanc is an expressive wine with fragrant aromas of pear and yellow apple, a soft mouthfeel, and flavors of butterscotch and caramel. The delicate aromatics lead to a round and opulent mouthfeel with a lingering subtle oak finish.
Vineyard
The windy maritime climate of our Mesa del Rio Vineyard in Greenfield 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 crisp acidity. The site we chose for our Pinot Blanc is Block E-3 of Mesa del Rio Vineyard, an alluvial fan with gentle slopes, excellent air flow, and a distinctive, shaly soil.
Varietal Composition
100% Pinot Blanc
Winemaking
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. A barrel fermentation warms up to a higher temperature as compared to a stainless steel fermentation. This allows a greater extraction of oak tannins from the barrel, adding roundness and a fuller mouthfeel to the wine. The wine was aged in all new oak barrels, 59% French and 41% American, for 8 months.
Cases Produced
184