100% Chardonnay in a Chablis style - extremely dense and minerally, great palate energy, no apparent oak and 12.9% alcohol. Astonishingly fresh for its age, the nose has just begun to bloom, with complex lemon zest and champagne-like yeast aromas. Perfect for sushi or shellfish.
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Pinot Gris is really a pink grape, and can impart tannins that interfere with its graceful, oily palate impression and suppress aromatics in youth. To prevent this, tannins were removed at the juice stage by hyper-oxygenative browning and flotation, resulting in a silky mouthfeel and alluring bouquet. Fifty percent of the juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels to enhance palate weight; the other fifty percent in small stainless steel barrels to preserve its freshness character.
The resulting wine is very delicate and alarmingly
quaffable, yet its seductive aromatics provide the same dreamlike ethereality one finds in the best Pinot Noirs of Northern Burgundy. Its tannins are entirely silky and it is most at home with a firm fish such as grilled swordfish or with rich shellfish dishes such as oyster stew, scallops
or lobster bisque, and will serve well to wash down a plate of mussels sauced with garlic, butter and the very same wine. Its main flaw is its tendency to disappear more rapidly than one might wish.