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2020 Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Gris

2020 Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Gris

Sterling Vineyards

2020 Sterling Vineyards Carneros Pinot Gris

Tasting Notes

A perfect companion for the lingering days of summer, the 2020 Pinot Gris twirls out of the glass with pristine notes of white flowers, green apple and white nectarine. Pleasant aromas hinting at peach, melon and lemon peel are prominent, balancing deeper aromas of allspice and a chalky mineral note. Supple, sleek and clean on the palate, the 2020 Pinot Gris is ready to enjoy now.

Technical Information

Varietal Pinot Gris
Vintage 2020
Appellation Napa Valley
Alcohol % 13.5%
Enclosure Type Stelvin

Winemaking

Fruit was gently picked and sent straight to press. It underwent a cool, slow fermentation in stainless steel with no malolactic fermentation or oak aging, allowing for fresh fruit and floral characters, as well as crisp acidity to be highlighted in the wine.

Vintage

The 2020 season will be remembered for factors beyond the typical harvest season. It was a warm, dry winter, with rain and cooler weather not arriving until the end of March. While the mild spring season brought us a great early start, our winery working conditions had extensive safety protocols put into place due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Summer brought cool mornings and warm days, but harvest was interrupted by wildfires across California. The white wine harvest started in early August. Despite the unprecedented conditions, the wines are showing excellent development in cellar, reflecting a fine vintage year. Our winemakers remain optimistic and very complimentary of the high quality achieved from this unparalleled vintage.

Vineyard

Fruit for this delicately styled Pinot Gris comes from a well-established Carneros ranch in the cool southernmost growing region in Napa Valley. Shallow clay loam soils join with marine-influences from San Pablo and San Francisco Bays to keep temperatures moderate, allowing fruit to evolve with balanced acidity and flavors.