J PINOT GRIS, CALIFORNIA 2011

LabelPinot Gris comes in many different styles. At J,it is crisp, with bright fruit expression, and a touch of minerality. As always, it begins in the vineyard. The myriad of Russian River Valley estate vineyards provide fruit that comes from well-drained soils rich in nutrients. J’s  viticulturist works with each vineyard site to ensure that the soil type, vine canopy selection, natural pest management, and timing for the harvest pick are all aligned with our Winemaker’s vision for handcrafting Pinot Gris that is perfectly balanced with acidity and fruit. Not a small accomplishment given the fruit’s complexity.

Similar to their Chardonnays, they whole-cluster press the grapes utilizing our Coquard press minimizing harsh components from the grape skins mingling with the juice. The wine is fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the fruit’s integrity. No malolactic fermentation occurs during this process. After fermentation, aging in the stainless steel tanks begins for several months prior to bottling.Pinot Gris Sign

PROCESSING

Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic fermentation in this process.

AGING

After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were blended together. This allowed the development of a range of aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create a layered, complex wine.

TASTING NOTES

This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe, and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.

APPELLATION: Clarksburg 62%; Monterey 16%; RRV 12%; Napa 10%

HARVEST DATE: August 31 – October 2, 2011

WINE ALCOHOL: 13.8 % by volume

WINE ACID: 6.3 grams per liter

WINE PH: 3.36

RESIDUAL SUGAR: 0.35%

PRODUCTION: 36,000 cases

BOTTLING DATE: March 20 – April 10, 2012

RELEASE DATE: May 2012

SRP: $15

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2011 J Pinot Gris Is A Delicious Option For Summer Drinking

2011 J Pinot Gris
California

Wineonline.net A+ Rating

The Vineyard
The 2011 J California Pinot Gris is a delicious blend of Pinot Gris
grapes harvested from several vineyards in the Sacramento River
Delta area of Clarksburg and vineyards located along the Salinas
River near King City in Monterey County. Rounding out the blend
are grapes from Preston Vineyard in the Russian River Valley, as well
as grapes from Napa Valley. This wine truly represents some of the
best California locations for Pinot Gris.

Winemaking
Whole grape clusters were hand-harvested, and then pressed
gently to minimize the extraction of harsh components from the
skins and seeds. The wine from each appellation was broken into
multiple lots and exposed to a variety of yeasts. The wine was
fermented and cooled slowly in stainless steel tanks at 55 degrees
to preserve the freshness of the fruit. There was no malolactic
fermentation in this process.

Aging
After fermentation the lots were aged separately in stainless steel
tanks. Once the wine lots naturally settled and clarified, they were
blended together. This allowed the development of a range of
aromatic and flavor components that ultimately melded to create
a layered, complex wine.

Tasting Notes by Winemaker Melissa Stackhouse
This Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of Fuji apple, ripe cantaloupe,
and apricot. The crisp, clean mouthfeel is bursting with flavors of
lemon and lime. A hint of kiwi and sweet orange blossom honey
on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish
invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect
sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced
wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Japan and
Mexico, to India and China, all accented with a variety of spices.
Appellations  Clarksburg (62%); Monterey (16%);
Russian River Valley (12%); Napa (10%)
Harvest Dates August 31 – October 2, 2011
Bottling Date March 20 – April 10, 2012
Release Date May 2012
Wine Alcohol 13.8 % by volume
Wine Acid 6.3 grams per liter
Wine pH 3.36
Residual Sugar  0.35%
Cases Produced 36,000

For a Suggested CA Retail price of $15, this charming wine is a delight with cold chicken, pork, hard cheese and almonds. The 2010 J “California” Pinot Gris has an enticing bouquet of tangerine and orange blossom. The crisp, clean mouthfeel (we love the slight petulance) is bursting with flavors of Margarita lime and Tahitian vanilla. A hint of honey on the palate complements the fruit and acid. The lingering finish invites you to relax and enjoy another taste. In fact, it is the perfect sipper when entertaining with friends. This layered and well-balanced wine is a great accompaniment to a variety of foods, from Asian and Mexican to Thai and Chinese cuisines, all accented with a variety of spices

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Pinot Gris Quartette, By Oregon in A Major

We love Pinot Gris, whether they come from Italy as the Pinot Grigio, Alsace, California, or arguably best of all, Oregon.

Here are four delightful choices, all priced in the affordable range and all sprightly, fresh and delicious.

 

The Soloists

AIRLIE
2009 PINOT GRIS 2008 pinot-gris a fine wine from Airilie Winery, Monmouth, Oregon

David Hill
VINEYARDS & WINERY

2010 ESTATE PINOT GRIS
Willamette Valley, OR  

Estate Riesling 2009

OAK KNOLL

2009 PINOT GRIS image
WILLAMETTE VALLEY

2010 Pinot Gris – TERRAPIN CELLARS

 

Terrapin Cellars 2010 Pinot Gris (Willamette Valley)


Beginning with the

AIRLIE
2009 PINOT GRIS

Harvest Notes:
While 2009 was an average year in total degree
ripening days the large swings in temperature
from week to week combined with timely rains
to balance those periodic heat spikes kept th vineyard on 
its  toes in the vineyard. Decisions regarding
leaf pulling and spraying were critical to give the
vines their best chance as getting the fruit ripe.
Picking dates were also important as we had a
keep an eye on potential rains while taking
advantage of any warm days. The grapes were
handpicked on October 11 th & and
processed the same day.

The vineyards are certified sustainable by
Salmon Safe and LIVE (Low Input Viticulture
and Enology). The vineyards are hand cultivated
allowing us to respond to individual vine needs.

Winemaking:
The fruit was gently de-stemmed directly into the press to minimize skin contact. Pressing decisions are done by taste and both lots were stopped at just over 1 bar of pressure in order to minimize potential phenolics. After 3 days of settling the juice was racked off its lees and inoculated. Fermentation temperatures were kept at 55° to 58°F and lasted about 6 weeks allowing both lots to go to dry. The two lots were blended and bottled in early April 2010.

Tasting Notes:
Tropical fruit flavors and hints of lime combine with a creamy mid-palate and crisp finish to bring you a versatile food companion. This wine goes well with chicken or seafood in an Alfredo sauce or with creamy soft cheeses.

 

Wine Information:
Harvest Sugar: 21.2Q Brix
Alcohol: 13.3
pH: 3.43
Titratable Acidity: 5.5 g/L
Residual Sugar: 0.3
Malolactic: No
Number of Cases: 926

Vineyard Information:
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Vineyard Sources:
Dunn Forest (Estate) grafted 1995 (77)

BeckenRidge grafted 1997 (23)
Harvest Dates:
Dunn Forest: October 17th
BeckenRidge: October 11th

Airlie Winery

15305 Dunn Forest Road, Monmouth, Oregon 97361
Phone: 503-838-6013 Fax: 503-838-6279
www.airliewinery.comairlie@airliewinery.com

PINOT GRIS
2009

Suggested Retail: $14

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