2020 Assiduous Pinot Gris
Santa Cruz County, California
Woo-hoo, it's the brand new vintage of one of our favorite white wines every year- and this is the best vintage yet!!
This is 100% single vineyard Pinot Gris sourced from the Basor Vineyard. The grapes were hand harvested at 22.6° Brix. Thirty percent of the blend had 24 hours of skin contact to add a dimension to the textural properties. The fermentations of this wine were carried out by indigenous yeast and bacteria in neutral French oak barrels. During the ferment these barrels were strategically not climate controlled in order to blow off fruity esters and lend to a more esoteric white wine. This wine only went through partial malolactic fermentation.
Alcohol- 13.1% pH- 3.01 TA- 9.10 g/L RS- 0.05 g/L (bone dry) Malic- 1.62g/L
I just love this wine! Light, lean, and mineral driven, it nonetheless has some body and textural richness to it from the neutral oak fermentation. It smells like the ocean (hence the kelp on the label), with a pleasantly briny tang to its green apple, tart citrus and wet stone flavors. Juicy and clean, this finishes with super crisp acidity and hints of citrus pith. This 2020 vintage has a little more fruit than previous vintages, but even higher acidty. Great for spring days and all kinds of lighter food. Incredible value! ~Ryan Smith
About Assiduous Wines
Winemaker and vineyard manager Keegan Mayo was born in Hawai’i and raised in Santa Cruz, and produces minimal intervention, food friendly wines with a real sense of place. His first introduction into the wine industry was working for a few summers at Split Rail Vineyard in Corralitos. He graduated from UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Program in 2008. While attending school he spent a harvest with Mumm in Napa as a cellar hand and grape sampler. In 2009, he spent the vintage with Church Road Winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, before settling into a nearly nine year tenure with Testarossa Winery, where he eventually became the Assistant Winemaker. He only produces wines from the Santa Cruz Mountains.