Santa Maria Valley, California
Sourced from Runway Vineyard and Rancho Real, both in the Santa Maria Valley AVA.
The Pinot Gris is hand harvested; picked with low sugar and high acidity to ensure a crisp, lively character. The fruit is whole-cluster pressed and barrel-fermented in neutral French oak. Upon completion of malo-lactic fermentation, the wine is sulfured and rests surlees. After racking and processing, the wine was returned to barrel spending a total 6 months in the barrel before bottling. The piercing acid of the Pinot Gris was softened by malo-lactic fermentation in neutral french oak barrels, giving the wine some richness to compliment the structure.