The 2019 Pinot Gris Willamette Valley was sourced from the estate of Yamhill Valley Vineyards, the oldest winery in the McMinnville AVA. The block used for the Carhill Pinot Gris comes from the upper slopes of a 4-acre lot that was planted in 1985 and receives a good amount of sunlight given its high elevation and south-facing position, but also a cool wind that allows the grapes to retain high levels of natural acidity.
The Pinot Gris was hand-harvested and directly pressed into a large stainless steel tank. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation (MLF) which creates a crisp, dry wine with nicely floral aromatics.
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