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2011 Simi Pinot Gris

About the wine

Wine Name: 2011 Simi Pinot Gris
Vineyard-Winery Name: Simi Winery
Varietal: Pinot Gris
Designated Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vintage: 2011
Country: United States
Suggested Retail: $22.00/bottle; $264.00/ case of 12

Comments from the winemaker
Marlene Rossman’s Review:

“With light, luscious crisp aromas and flavors of Eureka lemon, honeydew and apricot; it’s ripe, but not sweet, with a lingering minerally finish.

This Pinot Gris is the perfect accompaniment to a Caprese salad, halibut and grilled summer vegetables. It also makes a great stand-alone aperitif.”


Winemaker Steve Reeder Says:

“Nearly all 100 planted acres of our Goldfields Estate Vineyard in the Russian  River Valley are devoted to Chardonnay. However, we grow the fruit for this Pinot Gris on one small block. This softly undulating vineyard is planted in the southern—and warmer—part of the valley where Pinot Gris ripens beautifully.  Typically our Pinot Gris fruit is the first to be crushed at Simi, heralding the beginning of harvest.

This vintage proved to be a great growing season for white wine grapes. A wet spring ended at the perfect moment, with rains stopping just before the grapes were flowering. This set up an extended growing and ripening season with moderate day temperatures ranging from 85 to 92 degrees. Nights were cool and mornings were foggy—conditions that led to slow, gentle ripening for full fruit expression.”

Marlene Rossman

Marlene Rossman
Marlene Rossman, relocated Manhattan Wine Seminars, LLC, from New York to Southern California, where she provides wine seminars and events. She consults for clients on acquiring fine wine. Read More About Marlene