The grapes that went into making the Mirassou Pinot Grigio were sourced from a number of California's premier wine-growing regions, including Sonoma County and the Central Coast. The combination of both cool and warm growing regions contributes a gentle complexity to the flavor profile by allowing the crisp acidic fruit characters from our coastal vineyards to blend with the ripe fruit characters from the inland vineyards.The grapes were harvested in late August to mid September at 23-24A Brix. At the winery, they were whole cluster pressed to minimize harsh phenolics. The juice was cold settled before racking to the fermenter which results in a cleaner fermentation and more elegant mouthfeel. The must was fermented in stainless steel tanks for approximately 14-21 days at 60 - 62A F. After fermentation, it was racked for settling and blending. The wine was aged in the bottle for two months prior to release.
Our Mirassou California Pinot Grigio reveals intense aromas and flavors of peach, pear and citrus with crisp, lively acidity create an exceptionally refreshing wine. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with spicy dishes as well as grilled poultry or seafood. Our Pinot Grigio is ready to enjoy immediately upon release and should be able to age in the bottle for one to two years.
The grapes from the Lodi Delta were harvested at night and quickly pressed while the Russian River Valley fruit was harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed. Both methods were used to avoid color extraction and bitter skin phenolics. To maintain the crisp fruit flavors of the vineyards, the wine was slowly fermented at cool temperatures of 55 to 60°F for 14 to 18 days. We then used yeast X5 to coax our peach, apple and citrus flavors in the wine. No oak was used in aging to allow for optimal expression of the true aromas and flavors of the Pinot Grigio grapes.