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2022 Carneros Pinot Gris

2022 Carneros Pinot Gris

  • Alcohol 13.4%
Regular price $35.00
Regular price $35.00 Sale price

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  • Vintage: 2022
  • Region: Carneros
  • Appelation: Carneros
  • Varietal: Pinot Gris

Tasting Notes

Pinot Gris from Alsace is one of Winemaker Jon Priest's favorite varietals, so delicate, intentional winemaking crafts this lovely expression from Napa Valley. On the nose, the wine is bright and cheery with fragrant white elderflower aromatics alongside hints of lime zest, kiwi, and marzipan. On the palate, a flinty minerality comes through balanced Pablo I by tropical notes of Granny Smith apple, white peach, lime zest, and citrus blossom. The mouthfeel is lithe and supple providing depth and richness from the sur lie lees contact, giving the wine a luscious texture, weight, and body. Tremendously balanced, refreshing, and quite quaffable, the finish provides a mouth-pleasing length that is dry harvest and crisp. A stunning example of the complexity and nuance found within our renowned estate vineyards at Grace Benoist Ranch.

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The Vineyard

Grace Benoist Ranch

This wine is crafted from grapes grown at our estate vineyard, Grace BenoistRanch. Here, certified Alsatian clones are planted in deep, well-drained loamy soils which are perfect for capturing memorable flavors. The cooler temperatures driven by nearby San Pablo Bay provide for a long, even growing season that allows the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while preserving natural acidity. The Grace Benoist Estate vineyard is a farmed to Etude's exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural pratices. We grow and harvest focused on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation, and and ideal natural balance. Etude is sustainably certified under the Napa
Green program at the winery, while Grace Benoist Ranch is certified under the California
Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.


  • The 2021 season was joyous and welcomed after the challenges of previous vintages, producing exceptionally high-quality fruit, some of the best in recent years. A tremendous year to taste the nuances and terroir distinction from around the valley.

  • Spring

    Rain early in the year led to almost no notable precipitation for the rest of the season, providing an ideal environment for grapes to flower, bloom, and set in early spring, with budbreak early in April, followed by flowering and bloom in May.

  • Summer

    The summer saw early and even ripening throughout the valley, with veraison appearing in early July.Low yields (in part due to drought conditions), created fruit that is intensely flavored and smaller in berry size.

    One of the earliest starts, harvest began with white wine grapes coming in towards late July, while red wine grapes arrived about a month later, at the end of August.

  • Harvest

    With optimal ripening and taste, our winemakers took their time bringing grapes in, crafting wines of fantastic character, with amazing color extraction, aromatic intensity, tremendous balance, and structure, that are equally lush and fruity.

Crafted Excellence


We harvested the Pinot Gris into small bins at night and rushed them to our winery to retain the freshness and purity of the fruit. After gently pressing the whole clusters, the juice was transferred to small stainless-steel barrels for fermentation and then matured undisturbed for four months sur lie, enhancing the silky texture and mouthfeel, before a very gentle bottling. The wine never touches a sliver of oak, nor does any portion undergo malolactic fermentation.