"The 2021 vintage was particularly intense, with all our grapes picked and processed by the end of September, almost an entire month earlier than last year. Despite high, prolonged heat beginning early in the summer (the temp was hanging out at and above 100 degrees for almost a month), we had a great harvest overall. Though wildfires and smoke were still important factors over the course of the growing season, smoke levels were minimal in most parts of the state compared to 2020. Because of the intense heat in late June, the Pinot Gris hit sparkling ripeness in mid-September. The 2021 vintage was another low yield yet high quality growing year, leaving both growers and winemakers very excited about this year’s harvest.
2021 is our third year working with Pinot Gris from Pear Ridge, and each vintage has been incredibly memorable in showcasing this varietal's versatility and spectrum of flavors. With little worry about smoke taint this year, we were excited about allowing for some skin contact to add a colorful flare and some texture.
Fruit arrived in the cellar on September 15, 2021 and was immediately destemmed and lightly crushed. It cold soaked on the skins for two days in steel fermenters for color and flavor extraction. A pied de cuve of pinot noir and chardonnay grapes from the vineyard was added at the time of pressing to begin fermentation. After pressing, the wine cold settled at 45 degrees for two days in a stainless steel tank, and then racked to a new tank to continue fermentation. The wine was bottled on October 18, 2021 and spent nearly 3 month aging on its lees. It was hand disgorged on January 14th and 18th, 2022.
Strong aromas of grapefruit peel are the first thing you notice in the wine. After the first sip, you're transported to a terrazza in Milan, enjoying a sbagliato garnished with citrus. With the perfect amount of tannic structure, this pet nat is for lovers of Italian amari and spritz."