2011 PINOT GRIGIO
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Pinot Grigio
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
September 1st - 15th
PH
3.40
Bottling Date
February 15, 2012
Residual Sugar
7.2 g/L
Alcohol %
13.3

2011 PINOT GRIGIO

The days when Napa Valley Pinot Grigio sat dutifully at the children's table, as the overblown Chardonnays of the world played with the big boys have come to an end.

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Intuition and love of the grape prompted Clarke Swanson to plant this much-maligned grape on his Oakville estate some 20 years ago. The result, year after year, is a stunner: vibrant aromas, flavors of ripe peach and pear, and a clean goodbye kiss will leave you feeling strangely tingly, giggly even—and possessed by the perfectly outrageous notion of pairing it with caviar and potato chips (as we do in the Salon), the centerpiece of a picnic in bed or a sunny afternoon doing nothing at all. Wanna know what a Pinot Grigio grape tastes like on the vine? Buy a case and find out; this grape loses nothing in translation.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The aromas of this wine are refreshing, showing pear, litchi and Meyer lemon. On the palate, peach, melon and a touch of guava are revealed. is blend shows considerable minerality and weight, and evokes perhaps more a ripe Alsatian Pinot Gris than an Italian Pinot Grigio. As always, this wine reects the ripe, succulent Pinot Grigio grapes from which it originated. Pair this wine with light pasta dishes and almost any seafood. Serve chilled.
Vineyard Notes
We grew 52% of the Pinot Grigio for this wine at our sustainably-farmed Oakville Estate, where clay-loam soils and meticulous vine management consistently produce a small crop of ultra-premium grapes. 28% of the fruit came from a cool location in Napa’s Oak Knoll district, and 11% from a small, super-premium Santa Barbara vineyard.
Winemaker Notes
The season began with heavy March rains and a cool spring, followed by enough warm weather in May to ensure a good fruit set. July and August were cool, with no temperatures exceeding 100 degrees. Moderate weather conditions in early September made it easy for us to hand-harvest quickly in the cold early morning hours over a 2-week period. Cool temperatures meant fresh acidity in the fruit, which was cold-pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. e nal blend included 9% Chardonnay from our Oakville Estate.
Production
5,813 cases
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