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Sterling Vintner's Collection

2014 Sterling Vintner's Collection Pinot Grigio California

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The 2014 vintage was characterized by a mild winter and early spring. Moderate temperatures throughout the growing season allowed for even ripening and high fruit quality. Most varietals showed nice balance, with slightly lower acidity due to warmer-than-normal night temperatures. The resulting wines show great depth, complexity, varietal intensity and balance.

Vintage 2014
Wine Type White
Varietal Pinot Grigio
Region California
Winemaker Harry Hansen

Tasting Note

Our 2014 Pinot Grigio has a crisp, refreshing profile perfect for warm, summer days and simple pleasures. Granny Smith apples are matched by sweet, white peaches and accents of Meyer lemon. The supple, round mid-palate anchors the vibrant flavors, lending texture and weight to the lofty fruit. With a fresh, mouthwatering finish, the wine works extremely well with food. Served chilled, it is a perfect complement to seafood or grilled chicken salads.

Vineyard Note

Pinot Grigio grows well in a variety of California climates, developing various characteristics based on location. We sourced our fruit from several vineyards along the Central Coast to achieve balanced flavors and aromas. The cooler sites gave us a fresh acidity with ripe citrus and mild tropical fruit characters while the warmer climates provided the round mouthfeel and rich flavors of Granny Smith apple and fresh peach.

Winemakers Note

Our Pinot Grigio has an expressive fruit profile and supple mouthfeel. To achieve this, we began by harvesting the fruit during the cool hours of the day. At the winery, the grapes were sent direct-ly to press, quickly separating the juice from the skins to extract the most flavor and avoid any influence of color or tannins. We used a cool fermentation for a majority of the wine to preserve the high aromatics and vibrant flavors. A small percentage was fermented in neutral barrels to add richness and balance.

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