The 2011 growing season was cooler than the average year with plenty of rainfall in the spring and early summer. We had a record late bud-break (early May) but the vintage was ‘saved’ by a very mild, dry fall. Because of this shift in the growing season we also experienced a record late harvest (from October 26 to November 8). The result was very focused, juicy, high acid wines with mature phenolics and plenty of complexity due to the grapes extended ‘hang-time’.
The 2011 Johan Vineyards Drueskall Pinot Gris is made from our estate vineyards. The “Drueskall”, which means grape skin in Norwegian, is an orange wine or a skin macerated Pinot Gris. Half of the fruit is destemmed and allowed to ferment on the skins in a concrete tank for 14 days and then pressed and finishes fermentation in barrel for 14 months. The other half went through carbonic maceration for 28 days and then pressed and aged in barrel for the remaining 13 months.
Case Production: 48
Brix at Harvest: 21