$195.54 / case(12)
Our pinot gris is an elegant expression of this versatile varietal. Intensely aromatic powdery floral notes give way to a palate of asian pear meyer lemon and rose petal. Balanced and crisp this wine is a great match for many dishes from chicken paella or moules-frites to pork roast. Vinification grapes were hand-picked and brought directly to the winery in 1/2 ton totes in perfect condition. They were whole cluster pressed and placed into temperature controlled stainless steel fermenters where they were slowly cold-fermented at 45°f for maximum varietal character. 15% of the pinot gris was fermented in neutral barrels at 55°f to enhance mouthfeel and aged on the lees for four months before bottling. Vintage description 2016 was the earliest bud break and first pick we’ve witnessed at anne amie vineyards. The year started much like the beginning of 2015 with an early bud break around the 1st of april. We came through the normal april showers into a beautiful dry and warm may. The heat was on the rains were average and we had a lot of fast shoot growth. It was a rush to keep up with shoot thinning needed to keep the canopy open to allow more airflow and control having too much crop per foot of vine. There are usually 25 or so management passes made through our vineyards every year. Historically we have had 5. 5 months to accomplish this work but in the last two vintages it has been compressed down to 4. 5 months. Flowering begins at the estate vineyard and ends at twelve oaks estate. The new norm seems to be a late may bloom. Even though we had an unusually warm spring and early bud break moderate summer conditions with fewer heat spikes led to a cooler year than either the 2014 or 2015 vintages. Crop yields are slightly lower this year than the last few years due to a heat spike at flowering and a little desiccation later in august plus a reduced berry size attributed to almost 15% smaller clusters than normal. It was a perfect scenario for a higher concentration of flavors. Our first pick this year was august 26th for our sparkling wines. Some rains came in early september which gave the vines a much needed drink and allowed us over a week to stage things in the winery for the harvest of the still wines beginning on september 12th. It cooled down into the 60’s and 70’s for most of the remainder of september which gave us the opportunity to bring the fruit in at relatively relaxed pace. Our last pick the muller-thurgau for the dessert wines was picked on october 11th. Many oregon wineries reported their grapes needed to be harvested all at once this year however for us the differences in growing conditions between our anne amie estate and twelve oaks estate allowed us to pick at a relaxed pace. Having 100% estate grown fruit for our wines has really been a blessing in these warmer vintages. There is a marked concentration and density in the pinot noir this year because of the naturally occurring smaller berry size. The 2016 wines show deep color aromas and flavors. The wines from 2016 will resemble the best qualities of both 2014 and 2015 with the concentration of 2014 and the acidity and grace of 2015. Aroma magnolia pear gardenia white peach jasmine powdered candy gala apple straw flavor asian pear granny smith apples white peach meyer lemon white tea finish dry long rich suggested food pairing roast chicken mussels quince glazed pork chop grilled squash pan seared trout shrimp salad. – anne amie
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