Cline Sonoma Pinot Gris 2000

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 46376
  • white wine

Winemaker's Notes

Our Sonoma County Pinot Gris has ripe-peach, pear and apricot infused aromas, with a luscious mouth-feel. Though easily an everyday wine, it also pairs well with sophisticated foods like Foie Gras, grilled prawns and poached fish. This wine is exceptionally ripe and balanced, and is lovely when served as an apéritif. Cline Cellars Pinot Gris has been called grilled salmons best friend. The Pinot Gris grape is the first white grape harvested from our Los Carneros estate. A Pinot Noir mutation, the grape is blue-gray in color even when ripe. It is gently pressed to extract only the purest free-run juice. Four separate lots were used in fermentation experiments. Three inoculated with different yeast strains and one tank fermented with wild yeast. After numerous blending trials, the final blend was found to have even more character appeal. The juice was cold fermented to dryness. We chose to block malolactic fermentation to maintain it's lively acidity. Sixteen percent of the wine was barrel aged for 2-3 months in new French oak puncheons to add roundness to the wine.

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Fred Cline founded Cline Cellars in 1982, in Oakley, California. In 1991, the winery facilities relocated to the Sonoma Valley on a 350 acre estate in the Carneros District. The Cline Brothers, Fred and Matt, are Zinfandel and Rhone varietal specialists. Their holdings include some of the oldest and rarest vines in California. They are best known for the one hundred year old...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Pinot Gris/Grigio

Pinot Gris/Grigio(PEE-noh gree/GREE-jee-oh) While Pinot Grigio is in fact the same grape as Pinot Gris (just the Italian take on it), the differences of wine they create can be immense. Pinot Gris' most popular and successful region is Alsace, France, an area of the country that actually puts the name of the grape on the label. Pinot Grigio is the Italian version of the grape,...

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