2017 Starmont Pinot Gris Carneros
Handpicked on August 24th, the grapes were whole cluster pressed. 100% light press wine was used for the blend. The wine was 100% barrel fermented with twice monthly lees stirring for the first 4 months; then monthly for 6 months. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was racked off primary lees after 6 months, then racked again for bottling. This 6 barrel blend saw 20% new French oak Cigar barrels, 20% thrice used French oak Cigar barrels and 60% neutral French oak barrels, and was aged for 10 months.
Made from a single vineyard, that was originally planted by Tony Soter when he was the winemaker at Etude, the fruit from this site is able to get ripe, but keep brilliant acidity. This is a unique expression of Pinot Gris, designed for those who will appreciate the development of this wine over time. A clean fermentation with no malolactic fermentation, very little new oak, and impressive verve on the palate, it is the culmination of a particular varietal from a particular site creating this singular expression. This wine was built for cellaring with its bright, mouth-watering acidity. With time the fresh citrus and floral notes will develop and take on hints of honey-suckle and start to soften and round out on the palate. This wine will continue to develop for a decade and even longer for those willing to wait!