This wine is crafted from grapes grown on our Estate Vineyard, Grace Benoist Ranch. Certified Alsatian clones are planted here in deep, well-drained loamy soils which are perfect for grape growing. The cooler temperatures here provide for a long and even growing season, allowing the Pinot Gris fruit to fully ripen while still preserving natural acidity.
The Grace Benoist Estate vineyard is farmed to Etude’s exacting standards, using environmentally sound viticultural practices. We grow, and ultimately harvest, focusing on intensity of flavor, strong varietal delineation and ideal natural balance.
Overall, 2017 proved to be a slightly smaller yielding vintage but one of exceptional quality. A brief period of warm weather occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas. Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began. Overall, a quick and intense harvest, with all the fruit picked within two to three weeks, but the quality of the vintage shows great fl avor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.