Delightful aromas of pear and honeysuckle are closely met up with notes of nectarine and orange blossom. The texture is rich and succulent, with refreshing acidity on the finish that brings to mind apricots.
Our vineyards planted in the Santa Lucia Highlands experience a long and dry growing season that results in wines with singular depth, complexity and ripe fruit flavors. All four of our SLH vineyards—Lone Oak, Doctor’s, Smith and Hook—are planted on a narrow bench at elevations ranging from 200 to 1,200 feet above sea level. Here, morning sun is plentiful and the gravelly, sandy loam soils drain beautifully, helping to create concentrated fruit flavors.
After harvesting the fruit for this wine from our Lone Oak Vineyard, we gently pressed the Pinot Gris clusters and fermented the juice in stainless steel tanks. Then the wine was racked off of its lees into neutral French oak barrels and aged there for five months. The time in barrel enhanced the wine’s texture and also lent a subtle oak influence to its flavor profile. We intentionally held back naturally occurring malolactic fermentation to preserve this wine’s trademark crispiness.