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2014 Capretta Pinot Gris Central Coast California
Varietals- 95% Pinot Gris, 5% Gewurztraminer
Vineyard- This wine is sourced from Evina Vineyards, located in the northern tip of the Central Coast AVA. This cool climate appellation benefits from the same coastal influences as Carneros via the San Pablo Bay. Warm days are buffered by the proximity of this large body of water and the cool bay breezes provide constant cool-off shore winds through the vineyard.
Vintage- The 2014 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter and spring compounded with almost no rain contributed to early ripening, low to moderate yields and highly concentrated grapes resulting in exceptional quality. 2014 is one the earliest vintages we’ve seen in over a decade, but it will also go down as one of the best.
Fermentation- The grapes were picked at dawn and whole cluster pressed immediately. The newly pressed juice was cold settled in tank overnight then racked off heavy solids to the fermentation tank and a small amount of neutral French oak barrels. The tank was inoculated with a proprietary yeast blend while the barrels were left to ferment with indigenous yeast. After a slow, cool fermentation the finished wine was put on a weekly lees stirring regimen to promote texture and character until 2 weeks before bottling.
Harvest Date- August 10th, 2014
Winemakers- Dan Fitzgerald, John Harley
Yeast- Indigenous and Proprietary
Cooperage & Aging- 80% stainless steel fermentation and aged, 20% neutral French oak fermented and aged. Wine was aged for 7 months before bottling.
Bottling- April 2014
Sensory Notes- A glowing, coppery blush sets the tone for aromas reminiscent of spicy ginger, D'anjou pear and honeysuckle. The palate, vibrant and packed with summer fruits, peaches, apricot, even a sup con of tangerine. The finish is fresh, yet delicate and will pair effortlessly with a range of flavors.
SRP: $14 Bottle / $168 Case