2019 Terraces Pinot Gris
Terraced Pinot Gris is on the same terraced mountain as our Chardonnay. Giving it extreme variation in row direction and sunlight intensity. The terraces wrap around the mountain and each row ascends higher than the next. It's the only terraced Pinot Gris in California.
Harvested at night, the Pinot Gris was hand-picked in the early hours of September 11th and brought to the winery. Gently whole-cluster pressed in the morning, the resulting juice was transferred to a holding tank for cold-settling. Following 24 hours of settling the juice was racked to half to neutral French oak barrels with the balance remaining in tank. Both lots were fermented dry on native yeasts and aged 6 months before being bottled on September 6.
“A predominately eastern-facing block, Block S crests about 1,550ft in elevation and is planted to an Alsatian clone of Pinot Gris. It is a terraced block, and given its elevated location on the exposed, northern-side of the estate it is racked daily by strong winds off Monterey Bay. It is incredibly low-yielding terrain; and is likely California’s only terraced planting of Pinot Gris, which makes it even more intriguing to work with.” “This bottling highlights a very specific and finite portion of the Eden Rift estate. The bouquet displays aromas of white peach, honeydew, salted nectarine, lemon zest and minerals. Texturally it has bright acidy, with wonderful verve and energy that speaks to the origin of the fruit.”
Block S, Eden Rift Vineyards
September 11, 2019
February 6, 2020