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.
The fruit for our 2010 Napa Valley Pinot Grigio was grown in there carefully selected locations. Fifty percent was grown on our sustainably farmed Oakville Estate where or clay-loam soil and meticulous vine management consistently product a small crop of ultra-premium grapes. Thirty-five percent of the fruit was sourced from a cooler location in the Oak Knoll district, and 15% from a small, super-premium Santa Barbara vineyard.
Bright, fresh pear and peach fruit mingle with lychee and Meyer lemon aromas in the complex nose of this wine. On the palate, these aromas are translated directly into the generous flavor profile. There is a nice weight in the mouth due to the synergy of the Oakville Estate components: Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay. Matches extremely well with light pasta dishes and almost any seafood. Serve chilled.