With aromas of ripe pears, summer peaches and lotus blossoms, this fashionable
Pinot Grigio offers vibrant flavors of juicy Bartlett pears and citrus with subtle
hints of nutmeg and spice, all with a crisp, refreshing finish.
Until the 1990s, varietally bottled Pinot Grigio had a significant presence only
in Italy. In the last decade, due to its great appeal, Pinot Grigio has received
massive popularity internationally. The varietal can produce white wines with
substantial structure and character and a racy acidity making it an ultimate
food pairing wine. Being a cousin of Pinot Noir, a long, cool growing season is
essential for the grapes to properly ripen, developing more concentration of
flavors while preserving acid balance. The Montevina Pinot Grigio was sourced
from vineyards throughout the delta region and Santa Barbara, which benefit
from cooling maritime breezes.
Even the lightest press would add too much color from
the skins to the juice. The fermentation is carried out in stainless steel at very
low temperatures. The finished wine is held cold until bottling, and malolactic
fermentation is prevented to preserve fresh acidity.
Pinot Grigio’s grey color creates unique winemaking challenges. The fruit is
gently destemmed, then sent straight to the press. Rather than inflating the
bladders within the press and putting the squeeze on the grapes, we simply roll
the press, letting the weight of the fruit crush the grapes themselves, releasing
delicate ester-filled juice.