Russian River Valley
What’s the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris? Answer: nothing, it’s the same grape. In France it’s Pinot Gris and in Italy it’s Pinot Grigio. And we’re Italian, so it’s Pinot Grigio on our label. Speaking of labels, this wine is one of the first wines to bear the new seal proclaiming it’s made from certified sustainable grapes grown right here in Sonoma County.
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Aromas & Flavors
This wine is created when you take grapes from our vineyards right along the river in cool-climate Russian River Valley and ferment them only in stainless steel — a crisp, clean, refreshing, light-bodied wine with a lot of sass, and delicious with aromas and flavors of white peach, honeyed citrus, kiwi-lime, lychee, orange blossom, apricots and Meyer lemon. This Pinot Grigio’s concentrated aromas, flavors and refreshing acidity linger to the finish.
Pinot Grigio is perfect as an apéritif and is ideal to pair with many types of cuisines. Our favorite pairings include dishes such as seafood salad, pan-seared scallops, oysters on the half shell, or entrées with lively and spicy flavors one might find in Asian cuisine.
How It's Made
Individual lots of hand‐harvested grapes are gently whole‐cluster pressed to minimize any color or harsh tannin extraction, then racked to stainless steel tanks for cold fermentation. This wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation, so it retains its bright flavors and crisp acidity. Depth and complexity are enhanced with weekly lees stirring until bottling.
The 2017 season began with much‐needed record rainfall during the winter months, followed by a mild spring. A very warm summer followed, including a scorching hot Labor Day heat spike and unusual rain in September, before it finally cooled off into fall. Overall it was a challenging harvest, but diligent attention in the vineyards led to the perfect blend of aromas and flavors that we desire in our wines.
Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese Quiche
The classic food pairing of smoked salmon and cream cheese with a touch of goat cheese is a perfect match with FC’s Pinot Grigio for brunch or lunch.
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