2013 harvest was exceptional for this Pinot Grigio fruit. Low vineyard yields produced fruit with intense flavors and color. Gold Medal Winner, SF Intl. Wine Competition, June 2015 Go to Tipsygrapes.com to see that it rates our Pinot Grigio #1 out of their top 5 recommended pinot grigio wines in the US. Their Albertina link goes directly to Amazon.
The rich and bold, New World-style Moniker Chardonnay was made primarily from grapes grown at La Ribera, our family’s home vineyard along the banks of the Russian River. After gently pressing a combination of whole-cluster and de-stemmed grapes, we fermented and aged the wine four months sur lie in American oak barrels. This added a sturdy, complex framework for our fruit’s signature pear, apple and crisp mineral flavors. We then blended in a lush, barrel-fermented Viognier sourced from nearby Hopland and another subtly spicy lot of Chardonnay aged in French oak for a wine that is equal parts nuanced and approachable.
Here at headquarters, we define Triage as the process of going through some of our undeployed high-end wine components and narrowing them down to one ultra-premium blend. No oak here; just a smooth, refreshing wine with bright flavors, palate-cleansing acidity and a crisp dry finish. It's one of the best white wine values that we've ever produced.