The 2013 vintage was a warm year with vine growth beginning early and harvest ahead of schedule. Our first grapes of the 2013 harvest were harvested from the famous Ciel du Cheval vineyard in Washington's Red Mountain AVA on August 26th and brought to Woodinville for processing--the first grapes picked on Red Mountain and the first brought into Woodinville. Brix (% sugar) at harvest was 22.3%. The fruit was loaded into a pneumatic bladder press where the grapes were pressed &amp;quot;whole cluster&amp;quot; (they were not crushed or destemmed prior to pressing). After about two hours of gentle pressing, the Pinot Gris juice was transferred to a settling tank for several days. We then transferred the settled juice to stainless steel tanks for a one month cool fermentation. After heat and cold stabilization, Drizzle was cross-flow filtered on February 14, 2014 and bottled on February 17, 2014.
Silver Medal, 2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition, New York
Gold Medal, 2014 Seattle Wine Awards
"Recommended": Great Northwest Wines
Silver Medal, 2015 Savor NW Wine Competition
Silver Medal, 2015 Capital Food and Wine Festival
Product Information Specifications for 2013 Convergence Zone Cellars 'Drizzle' Pinot Gris, Ciel du Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain 750 mL Below:
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Manufacturer: Scheid Family Wines
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Manufacturer: GrapeSeed Wine Fund
Brand: Eighteen Miles
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