2014 Klickitat Pinot Gris, Margerum Ranch Vineyard
The Klickitat Pinot Gris vines are located on the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains, in Klickitat County, Washington, pushing the boundaries of extreme cool climate viticulture.
The Margerum Ranch Vineyard is produced from Estate grown fruit.
Vineyard Region: Klickitat County, Washington
Appellation: American. This is because we grow the fruit in Washington but make the wine in California and since they are non-contiguous states the TTB mandates an American AVA for the label.
Vintage Conditions: As always, wintery conditions arrive just prior to maturation. Due to a nice long warm spring and summer we were able to get some decent ripeness.
Maturation: Fermented and matured in a combination of 500 Liter French Oak puncheons and stainless steel tank for 9 months.
Wine Analysis: Alcohol 10.6%, pH 3.15, and TA 8.2 g/L.
Production: 273 six pack cases
Color: Straw tinged, bright and vibrant.
Aroma: With the first swirl aromas of poached pear, brioche toast and apple leap from the glass. Add aromas akin to the red basalt that the vines are grown and the result is a framework for the aroma profile.
Palate: An explosion of citrus, blood orange, and finger limes combined with wet river stone minerality provide a lean, focused, mouthfeel. The high natural acidity, forms a linear focus, whilst barrel aged Lees contact provides a slight velvety texture rounding out palate.
Peak Drinking: Now-2022+