The 2016 Ab Ovo is an indulgent combination of complex floral and fruit notes that play delicately together with balanced acidity and minerality to form a Pinot Gris that is seamless from start to finish. Orange blossom and acacia lead into touches of fresh pineapple, honey and Meyer lemon zest to create an enticing aroma. The palate opens with bright citrus fruit and follows with rich minerality and lively acidity, converging to form a long, focused finish with succulent hints of toast and grapefruit peel.
The fruit for our Ab Ovo Pinot Gris comes from one small 1.26 acre block at our Red Hills Estate vineyard in the Dundee Hills planted to an Alsatian clone of Pinot Gris (#152). We also harvested a small amount of fruit from two additional blocks of young vines at Red Hills Estate Vineyard.
The fruit for our 2016 Ab Ovo was hand harvested on September 4th and 13th, then gently whole cluster pressed to tank where it was cold settled for 48 hours. The juice was then transferred to concrete eggs, stainless steel barrels, and new and aged acacia barrels for fermentation and aging. The wine remained in these vessels for four months prior to finishing and bottling.