Rancho Zabaco Reserve Pinot Gris 1999

Pinot Gris/Grigio from Sonoma County, California

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Item No. 13733
  • white wine
  • WS85
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Winemaker's Notes

After harvest, the grapes selected for this wine were not crushed or destemmed, but instead pressed as whole clusters in our membrane press using very minimal pressure.  The wine then chilled for at least 24 hours to allow most of the solids to cold-settle, and then the clear juice was racked off into tank and barrel for fermentation.  Two thirds of the blend was fermented at cool temperatures in stainless steel, to preerve the exotic fruit and floral notes in the wine.  The remaining third of the blend was barrel fermented, adding vanilla and spice notes to the finished wine.  Approximately 20% of the wine then went through malolactic fermentation, contributing a creaminess and softening the wines acidity.  Just over half of the wine was then aged on the lees for two months during which time it was stirred twice, to enhance the complexity and richness in the wine.  It was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling.

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Learn About Rancho Zabaco

Rancho Zabaco is named for one of the original Mexican land grants in Sonoma County. Sonoma County encompasses the Dry Creek Valley, the area from which Rancho Zabaco’s grapes are drawn. The wines are inspired by the bold spirit of the Spanish and Mexican pioneers who settled this rugged land.

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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