Our 2017 Pinot Grigio is perfect example of why harvesting at the coolest part of the night is important - to uphold delicate aromatics and flavors. Upfront citrus and green apple aromas give a refreshing start, followed by bright citrus flavors that create a crisp, mouth-watering wine. This is a great wine to sip on or enjoy with a light meal!
Certified Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing
Planted in 2008, our 66.53 acre block of Pinot Grigio at Merrill-Johnson Vineyard grows just inside the levees of Snodgrass Slough in the Delta. This proximity to the waterway offers a cool maritime influence which maintains the natural acidity
necessary for this bright and vibrant wine.
The 2017 growing season marked the end of the drought with heavy winter rainfall that continued into the spring. Due to the rain, timely vineyard practices were
crucial and we adapted our cultural techniques to maintain vine balance. Heat spikes during late August to mid-September required close attention to irrigation to ensure vine health. With the given weather, our winegrapes developed the required sugars, but full flavor maturation delayed our harvest. The wait was worth it and the outcome was a vintage that boasts bright and fresh whites with ideal levels of acidity and red wines that are showing good intensity and concentration.