Ancien Pinot Gris 2019, Sangiacomo Vineyard, Carneros, Napa Valley, California

The Sangiacomo family planted 2 acres of Pinot Gris exclusively for Ancien, using clones that were imported from Alsace. The rich, clay soils and eastern aspect of the site, coupled with the farming expertise of the Sangiocomo’s, produces ideal fruit for the richer flavored, fuller bodied, well-structured Alsatian style. The grapes were pressed aggressively for maximum extraction of the exotic spices and to gain additional structure. Press fractions were then separated in order to insure the proper development of structure and lushness while in barrel. Fermentation was carried out entirely in neutral French oak barrels at a cool 50 °F, capturing and retaining rich fruit flavors while also developing a lush, expansive palate. Lees were stirred to enhance texture and develop additional layers. Delightful aromatics are enhanced by a refreshingly mineral mouthfeel and lingering finish. A melange of Asian pear and summer nectarine greet the nose, followed by subtler notes of fragrant white flowers, fresh Granny Smith apples, and tangerine zest. On the palate, citrus-kissed stone fruit complements star fruit and green apple leading to a lingering finish of peach and grapefruit.