Lone Birch Pinot Gris 2015
Wonderfully enticing aromas of tropical fruit. A medium-bodied wine with luscious flavours of pineapple, pear, white peach and zesty citrus fruit. A refreshing and bright Pinot Gris from the Yakima Valley.
Pinot Gris is a cool climate variety so these vines are situated in the coldest area of Lone Birch's Black Rock Vineyard. Planted in 2007, this vineyard block resides in the flood plane of Black Rock Creek. The vineyard is Southwesterly oriented, has gently sloping silty loam soil, and because of the flood plane, it is quite shallow.
The goals for this wine were fruit-focused aromatics and crisp acidity. This style is best achieved in a stainless steel tank to preserve fruitiness. The winemaking begins with a pre-sort to make sure only ideal clusters are vinified. After this, the grapes go straight to press as whole clusters. The juice is pumped to tank where it is settled for 48 hours before racking to a new tank to start fermentation. After fermentation and filtering, the wine is then bottled under screw cap.