In 2020 I sourced my pinot gris from Weber vineyard and Kramer Vineyard. The first block of Weber Vineyard was planted in 1973. It is on Dundee Hill and one of the more important sites in the area. The soil is classic red volcanic Jory Soil.
2020 was a challenging year. A perfect growing season followed an uneven fruit set, but in early September smoke from nearby fires settled upon the north Willamette valley causing a universal rise in blood pressure. For five days the air was still and breathing outside was dangerous.
Many winemakers chose not to make wine at all, luckily I wasn’t one of them. the fruit was harvested on September 29th. By then the smoke had cleared way for a warm harvest.
The ferment was healthy and happy and sat on skins until dry – in this instance 15 days. It was placed in neutral French oak barrels and aged until early April. This wine saw no additives except for sulfur before bottling, nor was it fined or filtered.
I prefer this wine to be served at cellar temperature – not chilled – but you be the judge.
263 cases produced