Starting in 1999, we began an experiment with the Sangiacomo family and Pinot Gris. Based on that initial success, we embarked on a larger scale project, and the Sangiacomo’s planted 2 acres of Pinot Gris exclusively for Ancien, using clones that we imported from Alsace. The rich, clay soils and eastern aspect of the site, coupled with the farming expertise of the Sangiacomo’s, produces ideal fruit for the richer flavored, fuller-bodied, well structured Alsatian style that we are striving to produce. The vineyard has matured nicely, yielding consistently ripe fruit with bracing acidity. We are the sole winery that is sourcing Pinot Gris from this special plot, our “vineyard-within-the-vineyard.”
Delightful aromatics are enhanced by a refreshingly mineral mouthfeel and lingering finish. A melange of Asian pear and summer nectarines greet the nose, followed by subtle notes of fragrant white flowers, fresh Granny Smith apples, and tangerine zest. On the palate, citrus-kissed stone fruit complements star fruit and green apple leading to a lingering finish of peach and grapefruit....the combination of its rich mid-palate, smooth tannins, and acidic structure make this wine unusually versatile at the table.
Only 518 cases were produced.
Pairs well with: Grilled meats, seafood, Garden Of Esther's fresh pasta with olive oil or cream sauces, Asian cuisine. The combination of its rich mid-palate, smooth tannins, and acidic structure make this wine unusually versatile at the table.
Grapes Pinot Gris
Region United States / California / North Coast / Napa County / Napa Valley / Los Carneros
Wine style Californian Pinot Gris
Alcohol content 14%
Allergens Contains sulfites