2017 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris

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2017 Maresh Vineyard Pinot Gris


Produced from self-rooted vines planted in 1991 at the historic Maresh Vineyard the 2017 Pinot gris was 100% destemmed and fermented in two 1.5 ton "macrobin" (food-grade plastic) fermentors. One pigeage (foot-treading) by me, personally, happened each day. About 14-16 days skin contact occurred before the wine was pressed at dryness. Élevage was in a uterine-shaped concrete amphora tank. The Maresh Pinot Gris is dry and ML-complete with a final pH of 3.5.

It is a beautiful clear pink colour and has far more complexity in the nose (roses, strawberries, and some exotic notes I can't articulate) and mouth than ordinary white Pinot gris/Pinot griggio. It has more structure and power than the white, but drinks more like a rosé than a Pinot. It is has a fine, silken texture and is delicious.

PS: My dear friend, Matt Giraud, who also makes wine (Les Garagistes in Portland) and has been an extraordinary help to me in the vineyard and in the winery the past few years, wrote in a text one night not too long after he helped me bottle it: “This wine is that moment in a vineyard where the sun has set on a warm summer day and the coolness sequestered in the forest above it has just started to seep back down the hill, and it is the moment where that fresh branch crispness meets the warm joy still lingering inside the fruit, that moment that is only a moment before the world closes its eyes and all is silence. Just an incredible wine, Kelley. Damn.”

Appellation: Dundee Hills A.V.A.

Picking Date: 10 October 2017

Élevage: after primary fermentation in two small fermentors, racked to a concrete amphora tank. In this amphora tank until bottling.

Bottling Date: 29 March 2018

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 159

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