2014 Hilltop Ranch Pinot Gris
Although this wine is white you will notice a very slight tinge of pink around the edges and this is from the little bit of skin contact the grapes received as we pressed the juice.We received 1.6 tons in the winery, loaded our presses with whole cluster fruit, pumped the juice into chilling tanks and then racked the juice off its lees into stainless steel barrels where it fermented and aged sûr lies until we racked it in December 2015 and bottled it on January 20, 2016.
We have about a quarter of an acre of this varietal planted at Hilltop Ranch. Translated from French “Pinot Gris” literally means “Gray Pinot”. It looks similar to Pinot Noir in the vineyard as the clusters are small but when ripe their color can range from a rosy/honey to a medium purple depending upon the amount of sun exposure the clusters receive. This Pinot Gris was harvested on September 5, 2014 into 40 pound grape lugs.