2017 Pinot Gris
What we love
Harvested in August, the warmth of Summer’s end translates into honeydew and lime as the intense aromatics dance out of the glass. Maintained is the signature oolong tea fragrance and freshness that makes this wine sit lightly on your tongue as you sip and relax. The wine finishes clean and dry, making it a great aperitif, and yet it’s complex enough to accompany you through your meal. A really beautiful white wine that’s such a crowd pleaser, it’s the perfect honeydew melon with prosciutto wine or with grilled white fish.
About this Wine
The best Pinot Gris wines can be soulful, with juicy, ripe, swoon-worthy fruit, acidity that dances on your tongue and a rich foundation of minerals. Merisi’s Pinot Gris from Carneros is one of these terrific examples.
Finished in neutral French oak and made in an Alsace style, this white wine is completely dry (no residual sugar). Fragrant aromas lead to a complex and detailed palate stacked with tropical fruits, figs and white flowers. This Pinot Gris has ageing potential and is just so well priced at $24. It would be hard to find a better or more affordable all-purpose white wine. Enjoy!
100% Pinot Gris
Drink now through 2022.
13.9% alc | 750ml
Merisi Wines was started by Mandy and Nick Donovan and their shared love for the wines of Northern California and to show their vision of the best of what this region can produce. “Merisi Wines are our attempt to be true to the grapes we harvest, reflect the vineyard and excite at the dinner table.”
As the winemaker, Mandy thoughtfully sources fruit from boutique, sustainably-farmed vineyards, farmed and cared for by the same families for generations and harvests to showcase each site’s distinctiveness. Each vineyard and growing season has its own unique variability, and Merisi's goal is to capture the positive nuances that come from these differences. "We like to think of it as the personality of the fruit.”
Though driving to an industrial warehouse complex in Sonoma's south side wine ghetto, where Mandy crafts her wine, might seem mismatched to a winemaking style that strives to best understand and represent the vineyards and growers whose fruit are sourced for each edition of wine, it quickly becomes apparent from Mandy's recounting of how each wine came to be that she is serious about delivering on her ideals.
Whether it is the Jenkins family whose Pinot Gris grown in their own backyard on a chilly slope on the Sonoma side of Carneros, or the three current generations of a four generation Mendocino family who dry farms their Petite Sirah on 50 dusty acres, Mandy Donovan's intimate connection to way that her grapes are farmed before they are entrusted to her care belies a humility that marks her winemaking style.
Using the timeless winemaking style of "less is more," Merisi Wines aims to evoke a sense of passionate realism. "Daring to be different if that means pursuit of quality and honest interpretation."
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