Pinot Gris Dry EFH 2016
This Pinot Gris is produced in a decidedly French, Alsatian style. It opens with fruit forward aromas of fresh cut pear and tangerine. It's lush and round, with an almost fresh-cut-apple like acidity. Its complexity captures the crispness of the fruit yet broadens to a soft lovely finish. "This bracing, minerally Pinot Gris is perfect for hot weather; racy and crisp citrus rind and fresh grapefruit flavors abound. It's made with sustainably-farmed grapes from the estate vineyard." - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
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COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Gris. 12.9% ABV.
AGING: Drinks well now through 2019.
VINTAGE 2016: This Idaho wine grape crop rebounded after a negligible harvest in 2015. A November 2014 freeze sharply reduced the amount of wine grapes available for the 2015 vintage. A tremendous amount of work went in to reconstituting vineyards damaged from the Fall freeze. As a result, growers and vintners experienced 50-100% increases in crop yields in 2016 over those of 2015. This net result is a slightly larger than normal harvest for the State. Some growers even stopped picking the remainder of the bumper crop due to a lack of tank space for wine crush and fermentation. All the numbers were spot on in the fruit for acids, sugars, and flavors. 2016 may prove itself to be one of Idaho's best vintages.
VINEYARDS: 3HRV Estate Vineyards (Eagle Foothills District, Snake River Valley AVA)
WINEMAKING: Greg Koenig, Consulting Winemaker. Fruit parcels from our Rhone varietal vineyards were vinified separately. After maceration and fermentation on skins, malolactic fermentation occurred during barrel maturation in a mix of steel as well as new and old barriques - French, American and Hungarian oak in origin - for a period of 5 months. Bottled: February 2017.
CELLARS: Vinted, Cellared and Bottled in Koenig Winery, Caldwell Idaho (Snake River Valley)
CLOSURE: Traditional Cork
MARKETS: Winery Tasting Room. Wine Club Members across the USA. Fine Dining + Premier Retail Distribution to Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Alaska and Wyoming.