2014 Pinot Gris
2014 Pinot Gris
The Franscioni Vineyard, which is located in the northern, coolest part of the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation, is one of the few estates that grow Pinot Gris in the AVA. Here, moderately warm and breezy days are followed by cool evenings and foggy mornings. The mountainside vineyard’s gravelly, porous soils along with the Region I type climate make for ideal conditions for classic Pinot Gris.
Benefitting from warm temperatures and a long growing season, the Franscioni Vineyard produced a moderate crop of very high quality fruit in 2014. The dry winter was followed by warm and consistent temperatures and an unusually warm September helped finish ripening. This vintage yielded small, intensely flavored berries.
The hand harvested fruit was immediately whole cluster - pressed into stainless steel tanks and allowed to cold settle for 48 hours. Fermentation was conducted in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak barrels. Afterwards, the young wine was held on the lees and stirred regularly to add complexity and texture.
The 2014 Manzoni Pinot Gris has lovely aromas of mandarin orange, stone fruits , and green apple that are lifted out of the glass by its refreshing acidity. In the mouth, the texture given by the lees stirring and barrel aging is unctuous and mouth filling. The flavors on the palate are rich and more akin to the wines of Alsace than typical North American or Italian Pinot Grigio. Apple, pear and citrusy notes blend nicely and the bright acidity keeps the wine clean and fresh on the finish.