The aroma is bright and attractive, with hints of freshly picked red berries accented by floral undertones. Soft on the palate, its flavors are juicy and vibrant with a round mouthfeel. Vanilla crème and a touch of oak spice lead into a smooth finish.
An outstanding vintage for Monterey, the region saw slightly warmer nights during the summer months, which resulted in nicely balanced wines with optimal acidity. Following harvest, the grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters and moved to stainless steel tanks. The juice was cleanly racked and inoculated with selected yeast and fermented in stainless steel at a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit to retain the fresh fruit aromatics. Following fermentation the wine was racked off the lees for aging in French oak.
This wine pairs well with a variety of dishes including chicken skewers with a stonefruit glaze and a hint of spice, or grilled squash salad with Italian herbs and hearty greens.
2% Pinot Blanc
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92 Points, The Tasting Panel