Varietal: Pinot Grigio
Country: Mendocino, CA
Tasting Date Price: $11.99
Rating: WE 85(2005)
Alcohol Content: 14.7%
Vineyard Website: http://www.brassfieldestate.com/
Visual Aspect: Light lemon yellow
Nose: of Fuji apple and ripe honeydew melon
Palate: crisp and clean in the mouth, layered with flavors of lemon and lime and textured and viscous in its palette weight
Food Pairing: the perfect accompaniment for an afternoon by the pool as well as alongside a bowl of penne with grilled shrimp, heirloom tomatoes, lemon zest and mint.
Winery Notes: The fruit for our 2011 Pinto Grigio comes from two vineyard blocks on the valley floor of our High Serenity Vineyard. Both of these blocks are comprised of gravelly, sandy loams and are located in one of coolest vineyard sites in all of Lake County.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested during the night, so they arrive to winery cold and processed using minimal handling. The Pinot Grigio was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks, neutral oak barrels and small stainless steel barrels. Sur Lie aging lasted 6 months with battonage (lees stirring) every three weeks in barrel and once a week in tank to create additional body, texture and viscosity in the wine.
Viticulture: The 2010 Pinot Grigio vintage marks the second vintage of David Ramey as Brassfield’s consulting winemaker. Ramey’s wines of balanced expression have made him one of the most renowned winemakers in America today.