Cline Pinot Gris-Chardonnay 2003

White Blends from Sonoma County, California

Item No. 76156
  • white wine

Winemaker's Notes

VINEYARDS The Pinot Gris/Chardonnay is as 67% Pinot Gris and 33% Chardonnay blend. The grapes grown for the Pinot Gris/Chardonnay are from the cool climate of Southern Sonoma County. This region known for high-quality grapes that bathe in morning fog are gently warmed by the afternoon sun creating a long growing season giving the grapes time to mature and fully develop its fruit. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FERMENTATION AND AGING Cline Cellars Pinot Gris/Chardonnay is gently pressed using the whole cluster technique to extract only the purest free-run juice. Each varietal was inoculated with different yeasts strains to enhance the fruit character of the varietal. The juice was cold fermented to dryness and we chose to block malolactic fermentation to maintain it's lively acidity. The Chardonnay portion (33%) was barrel fermented and barrel aged for 2-3 months in new and used French oak barrels to add roundness to the wine. After numerous blending trials, the final blend was selected based upon its character and appeal to the palate. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS Continuing in our maverick tradition. Cline Cellars releases this unique blend of Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. This wine is to be enjoyed after a hard day of work or a relaxing day by the pool. Enjoy this wine by alone or with light fare such as fresh seasonal fruit, a vegetable crudite or chicken-apple sausage.

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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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