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Robert Sinskey Los Carneros Vin Gris of Pinot Noir 2016

From the winemaker:

 

A bright, vibrant, pinkish-salmon hue telegraphs the purity of this dry Vin Gris of Pinot Noir. Heady aromas of Spring and Summer jump out of the glass with notes of fresh strawberry, rose and ripe peach. A sip expands upon the aromatics, as flavors of freshly-picked, perfectly-ripened white peach or nectarine are balanced by a zippy, citrusy backbone of Meyer lemon and blood orange zest that come together to reveal a beautifully structured wine. The long, crisp finish is supported by a hint of tannin that makes this wine ideal for culinary exploration.

A pure wine starts with pure grapes. RSV Vin Gris of Pinot Noir begins with prime, organically farmed (following the teachings of Rudolph Steiner) Pinot Noir from two of RSV’s Los Carneros Vineyards.

The 2016 harvest was smaller than average, but a little larger than the prior vintage. Lots were night harvested between August 23rd and September 2nd. The selected vineyard blocks were picked at 21-22 degrees Brix, which allowed for beautiful flavor development and a finished wine with alcohol well under the 13.5 mark. These conditions also allowed the grapes to maintain natural acidity to give the wine a balanced, bright and crisp character.

 

 




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