California Pinot Grigio Wine
Mirassou® Pinot Grigio
About the Wine:
Our 2011 Mirassou California Pinot Grigio reveals intense aromas and flavors of white peach, baked apples, and juicy pear with notes of citrus. The sweetness of the bright fruit flavors balances nicely with the crisp acidity. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with spicy dishes as well as grilled poultry or seafood.
The grapes for our 2011 Pinot Grigio were selected from vineyards along the Russian River Valley with a portion from the Lodi Delta. Both regions have characteristically cool evenings and mornings, which allowed the grapes to retain their great natural acidity. The 2011 growing season began late because of an unusually cool and wet spring, contributing to this wine's excellent, crisp acidity.
The grapes from the Lodi Delta were harvested at night and quickly pressed while the Russian River Valley fruit was harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed. Both methods were used to avoid color extraction and bitter skin phenolics. To maintain the crisp fruit flavors of the vineyards, the wine was slowly fermented at cool temperatures of 55 to 60˚F for 14 to 18 days. We then used yeast X5 to coax our peach, apple and citrus flavors in the wine. No oak was used in aging to allow for optimal expression of the true aromas and flavors of the Pinot Grigio grapes.