This wine has an aroma of asian pear and fresh lemongrass. As the wine enters the mouth it bursts forth with baked pie-apple and a rich middle texture that brings complexities of flavor including baking spice and persimmon.
Planted in 1991, the 50-acre Hawks View Vineyard offers the ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The eastern-facing slope and Laurelwood soils, combined with dry farming and hand harvesting, allow for wines of great character and distinction.
The 2018 barrel fermented Pinot Gris has a family resemblance to her older sister in the aromatic, stone fruit notes, but also in the weight in the palette. The difference begins to become evident as the 2018 warms up slightly in the glass. Barrel fermentation and contact with the lees (yeast cells) in barrel has given this wine a complexity that her older sister lacks. Much like traditional barrel fermented Chardonnay, this Pinot Gris changes in the glass offering at times toasted barrel notes and at others nutty aromas that mix with the stone fruit and pear beautifully. As for pairing with this provocative young wine, I would prescribe stimulating conversation with someone you love, or would like to get to know better. -Winemaker, Don Crank