Estate Pinot Gris
As you drive up the hill to Cristom, the first vineyard you see is Pinot Gris. Planted in 1993, this low elevation, five-acre parcel is named for Eileen’s mother, Emilia. With more than 1800 vines per acre, Emilia’s soil has the biggest expression of sedimentary terrain that we have on the property. Planted with entirely vertical shoot position (VSP) trellising, the prettiest time to be in this vineyard is when the weather allows views of Mt. Jefferson. In summer, the sun ripens the grapes more quickly than higher elevation vineyard and tints them a soft lilac color. Characteristically, the fruit from this vineyard is the first to be picked during harvest.
Bright citrus-blossom aromas that range from tangerine zest to lime blossom are often noted on the palate.