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Saintsbury Vincent Vin Gris 2012

Saintsbury Vincent Vin Gris 750ml 2012    
Sku: 1840664

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By committing to pursuing high quality California Pinot Noir back in the late 1970’s, Saintsbury founders Dick Ward and David Graves put themselves in the forefront of a movement that would eventually catapult California wines, Carneros Pinot Noir and Saintsbury onto the world wine stage. According to the Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer, Saintsbury not only “single-handedly demolished the old assertion that California cannot create Pinot Noirs of a Burgundian standard of delicacy and finesse,” but also “no winery has been more methodical in its investigation and pursuit of newly available Pinot Noir clones than Saintsbury.” Saintsbury were one of the first to plant Pommard clone in 1986, planted Brown Ranch in 1992 to newer Dijon clones 115, 667 and 777 and focused on one appellation, Carneros. The stellar range of Saintsbury Pinot Noirs and unfiltered Chardonnays have never performed better than today. Hats off to Dick and Dave who continue to lead the way with innovation and inspiration. The wines are sorted at the cellar using a sorting table and age in a mix of French oak barrels from Francois Frere and Taransaud. Saintsbury is named in honor of George Saintsbury, a journalist and Professor of rhetoric and English literature at the University of Edinburgh. He was also a wine lover and in 1920, at the age of 75, published Notes on a Cellar.

Wine maker notes
Grapes which come in from vineyards where yield was slightly higher than normal become candidates for saigné. Removing juice has the effect of concentrating what remains in the tank – less liquid, but the same amount of skins, and therefore, color and tannin. We take the juice we’ve run off – it’s pale pink and very tasty – and put it into older French oak barrels to ferment. The Vin Gris finishes malo-lactic in barrel and after a modest amount of barrel age the result is a dry, complex, flavorful wine.

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Country: United States
Region: California
Sub-Region: Carneros
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Type: Still wine
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