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2016 PINOT GRIS

Vintage: 2016

Vineyard: Silvershot Vineyards

Appellation: Eola-Amity Hills AVA

Harvest Date: September 17, 2016

Clones: Own-rooted Colmar clone

Soils: Marine sedimentary

Brix at harvest: 24

Skin Maceration: 21 days; 60% destemmed, 40% whole-cluster carbonic 

Aging: 6 months in neutral French oak

Final Alcohol: 14.0%

Production: 103 cases

Our Thoughts: This wine is the culmination of our philosophy of "get weird, suck less." We have been making pink Pinot gris since 2013, and dabbled with a more intense orange-pink Pinot gris in 2015, but here is the logical conclusion to all that: true red Pinot gris that bests our Pinot noir in color density and texture.

To us, this vintage of Pinot gris most expresses the terroir quality of our estate vineyards. Dry-farmed on impossibly shallow soils (and this Pinot gris is farmed on the thinnest of them all), the vines produce small grapes of incredible intensity of color and flavor. We are certain we couldn't recreate this wine from grapes elsewhere.

The carbonic maceration lends this wine an explosive nose of candied cherry and rose with an undertone of black and red licorice, but the palate is all leather and smoke and orange oil with a salty backbone that is signature to the site. There's some tannin here, but they're already rounded a bit, and a lifting acidity.

For full enjoyment, we cannot stress enough that you should drink this at "cellar temp," around 55-60 degrees. A half hour chilling in the beer cooler at the backyard barbecue should do the trick.

Suggested Retail Price: $20