The 2006 growing season in the Central Valley was a good one. There was a lot of rain this season, and springtemperatures were mild which helped the grapes to ripen at an even pace. In July, we experienced a two-weekheat wave with temperatures reaching over 110 degrees for a few days. Temperatures returned to normal bythe start of harvest in mid August. After the large harvest of 2005, yields were somewhat lower than normalfor the area. We harvested the majority of the crop at optimum maturity and saw great flavor developmentin the wines. The grapes for our Talus Collection Pinot Grigio were harvested at the perfect ripeness todeliver bright fruit aromatics, minerality, spiciness and crisp acidity.
The Talus Pinot Grigio is a delicious wine made in a crisp, fruity style. It has aromas of apple and pear with a hint of spice. The wine has delicate flavors of grapefruit and lemon with bright acidity that fills the mouth. This Pinot Grigio can be served as an aperitif, and also is a perfect wine to enjoy with grilled summer cuisine. We especially like this wine with spicy Thai food.
Harvest was during late August through September 2006. After crush, the must was fermented for10–20 days in cold stainless steel tanks. The Talus Collection Pinot Grigio is comprised of 78.4%Pinot Grigio, 14.4% Chardonnay , 6.7% Sauvignon Blanc and 0.5% of other blending varieties.