This wine is crafted from grapes grown in two unique vineyards in the Carneros appellation — 74% coming from our Estate Vineyard at Grace Benoist Ranch and the remaining 14% from Cold Creek Vineyard. Certified Alsatian clones are planted in deep, well-drained loamy soils at Grace Benoist Ranch, perfect for grape growing. The cooler temperatures at both vineyards provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity.
The 2016 Etude Pinot Gris is an elegant and graceful wine with mouth-filling stone fruit, citrus and vibrant acidity. Texturally rich, crisp and lively, the wine shows delicate citrus blossom and powerful but subtle flavors of, key lime and Meyer lemon that finish fresh and long.
This wine is crafted from grapes grown on our Estate Vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch. Certified Alsatian clones are planted in deep, well-drained loamy soils at Grace Benoist Ranch, perfect for grape growing. The cooler temperatures provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity.
The Grace Benoist Estate vineyard is farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. We grow and ultimately harvest focusing on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation and ideal natural balance.
The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season kicked off, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acids and add complexity to the layers of flavors.
After gentle whole cluster pressing, the juice for the 2016 Pinot Gris was transferred to small, 75-gallon stainless steel barrels for fermentation, and then allowed to mature undisturbed for five months before a very gentle bottling. The wine never touches a sliver of oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation.