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2018 Swanson Vineyards Pinot Grigio, San Benito, 750ml

Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Appellation San Benito
Varietal Pinot Grigio
Alcohol content 14
Harvest Dates September 5th
Case Production 4000
Release Type Current

2018 Pinot Grigio

Did someone say oysters on the half shell?

$21.00   per 750ml bottle

Stone fruit and tropical guava aromatics leap from the glass. On the palate, the wine is textural, coating the taste buds with generous flavors of melon, peach and pear, surrounded by soft acidity that keeps the palate fresh whilst allowing the ripe fruit flavors to develop. Sitting just beyond the fruit, nuanced mineral notes and crushed slate round out the finish. Complex and enjoyable, made in a northern Italian style.
- Robin Akhurst, Winemaker

Wine Profile

Vineyard Notes
Our Pinot Grigio comes from the rolling Piacine hills of San Benito AVA, where the well drained limestone soils pair well with a moderated climate and precision viticulture. The valleys in this region help channel cool air from the cold Pacific Ocean only 20 or 30 miles away from the vineyard, thus reducing day and night time temperatures. Well suited to Pinot Grigio, the region is often cooler than many parts of the Napa Valley, yet receives the same amount of sunlight, preserving the bright acidity and developing the expressive aromatics of the grape.

Vintage Notes
After the dramatic end to the 2017 vintage the 2018 vintage was a return to normal, although a normal we've not seen in years. Mild conditions throughout flowering meant fruit set was extended and successful, ultimately leading to high yields slowing down ripening. The hot temperatures in July and August relented from September onward. There were no late season heat spikes or serious harvest rain events which meant the hang time of the grapes could be extended. The result was naturally balanced wines, lower in alcohol that retained good amounts of natural acidity. This was one of the longest harvests we've seen since 2011, starting on the 31st of August and ending on the 5th of November and can be summed up as a "Classic" vintage. Definitely one to follow closely.