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Cline Pinot Gris-Chardonnay 2003

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    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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    Cline Family Cellars is a family-owned and operated winery founded by Fred and Nancy Cline in 1982 in Oakley, CA. The winery facilities were relocated in 1991 to the Sonoma Valley, on a 350-acre estate in the Carneros district. The Cline winery and vineyards are built on a foundation of deeply rooted respect for the land and love of winemaking. Recognized for its rich portfolio of wines, Cline is one of the pioneers of California’s Rhone Rangers movement, and the largest holder of 100+ year-old-vine vineyards in California.

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    Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa Valley, the region only produces about half the amount of wine but boasts both tremendous quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

    Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Carneros. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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