2019 Ramato Pinot Gris

2019 Ramato Pinot Gris

Grown at the Biodynamic Filigreen Farm

Anderson Valley

My favorite thing about this wine isn’t that it’s the Italian word for red-haired person. Nor is it because Pinot Gris is seldom seen wearing its skin so proudly. In my chicken scratch notes over a lunch of backyard pizza, it reads, “Tracey loves the mulberry tree.” Because in the time of urban Covid, you can hardly remember a tree so exotic. It’s a wine that jogs your memory of the passing of time because the Ramato can trace back two deviated life courses. The 750ml Ramato’s twin is bottled in a heftier Magnum bottle. The one you hold in your hand is from free-run juices before the rest of the wine is pressed. Despite your expectations of the free-run juices to yield a softer wine, this Ramato holds a potent grip on your attention. Not for those who live life unexamined.

Tasting Note:

This wine makes you pucker like biting into a barely-ripe apricot. Scented of preserved orange rind and woody like a mushroom foraging adventure. It tastes like hibiscus tea and blood orange, lemon pith and salt. Pairs well with wild pheasant, foraged mushrooms and Rachmaninov’s third movement in Cello Concerto in G Minor.

  • Appellation: Anderson Valley
  • Vineyard: Filigreen Farm (biodynamic)
  • Varietal: Pinot Gris
  • Clone: Clone 4 & 152 on 5BB
  • Age: Planted 2001
  • Elevation: 400 feet
  • Soil: Alluvial with gravel & clay loam
  • Harvested: September 11, 2019
  • Crushed: September 11, 2019
  • Pressed: September 17, 2019
  • Maceration: Up to 6 days in Nomblot concrete
  • Fermentation: Wild yeast & bacteria in neutral French oak barrels
  • Barrel aging: 8 months in neutral French oak barrels
  • Bottled: Unfiltered on June 15, 2020
  • Production: 528 cases
  • Release date: Fall 2020

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