Ancien Wines

2018 Ancien Carneros Pinot Gris

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Well-timed rainfall brought and nice Spring growing conditions resulted in luxuriant growth to start the 2018 season. A steady and cool growing season with just a few heat spikes kept our vines happy throughout. The wines started out with elegant, balanced fruit and have continued to fill out in the bottle. It is a vintage of exceptional balance that continues to unfold and reward with evolution in the bottle.

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Region

Sonoma, CA

Varietals

Pinot Gris

Delightful aromatics are enhanced by a refreshingly mineral mouthfeel and lingering finish. A m!lange of Asian pear and summer nectarine greet the nose, followed by subtler notes of fragrant white flowers, fresh Granny Smith apples, and tangerine zest. On the palate, citrus-kissed stone fruit complements star fruit and green apple leading to a lingering finish of peach and grapefruit. Pair this with grilled meats, seafood, pastas with olive oil or cream sauces, Asian cuisine...the combination of its rich mid-palate, smooth tannins, and acidic structure make this wine unusually versatile at the table.

More about the wine

We pressed aggressively for maximum extraction of the exotic spices and to gain additional structure. We then separated press fractions in order to insure the proper development of structure and lushness while in barrel. We fermented the must entirely in neutral French oak barrels at a cool 50 °F, capturing and retaining rich fruit flavors while also developing a lush, expansive palate. In addition, we stirred lees to enhance texture and develop additional layers. 518 cases produced.

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