2013 Aequorea Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris (Other than Italy) "Spanish Springs Vineyard"
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Spanish Springs Vineyard"
Wine Category: Pinot Grigio & Pinot Gris (Other than Italy)
Grape blend: 100% Pinot Gris
Region: San Luis Obispo
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 71
KWG Score: 92.5 (based on 2 reviews)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)
Review date: January 16, 2015
Wine Review: This white gold colored Pinot Gris opens with an attractive mild peach bouquet with hints of wet stone and pear. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, acidic, crisp and mouthwatering. The flavor profile is a very tasty tangerine and pear blend with hints of nicely integrated pineapple, minerality a touch of grapefruit in the end. The finish is dry and its flavors linger for quite some time. This Pinot Gris is very food friendly and would pair well with Emeril's grilled grouper. Enjoy - Ken
Winemaker Notes: This is one of my favorite wines to make each year, because I believe that producing a truly stunning Pinot Gris is actually quite difficult. Modeled after an Alsatian style of PG, I aim to produce a textured yet elegant wine with the perfect combination of richness and ultra bright acidity. I pick very low yielding hillside fruit that struggles to grow in soil that is about 80% sand. After 8 hours of skin contact I very gently press the fruit and ferment it neutral oak barrels, where it then ages for 6 months with weekly lees stirring to build texture. The result is a style that shows depth, richness, spice, and a core of delicious fruit. Perfectly ripe citrus, pear, and Jonagold apple frame a minerality and crunchy acidity that comes from the ocean breezes that waft over Spanish Springs every day.
Organic status: not organic
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