past vintages of pinot gris


2014 Pinot gris Wirtz Vineyard

162 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32
label - erosion control plants from around BTF

We've made this wine in the same fashion since 2010; five years in, we still think that using everything the grape has to offer is best. Henceforth it is fermented on the skins and stems, the reddish/grayish grape makes an orange wine that explodes with fruit, body and texture and salinity. Seafood, especially fattier versions, has always been an amazing accompaniment. I fully expect the 2014 version of this wine to hold up its end of the bargain.

tasting notes-
Immediately complex showing tertiary spice flavors over fruit. Cumin, fall leaves, and spice. Apricot, dried strawberry, and golden raisins add sweetness to the root spice flavors. The wine coats the palate with an oily and broad texture. Has a great balance of fruit and textural complexity.


2013 Pinot gris

Wirtz Vineyard
145 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32 (sold out)
label - wild flowers from our hedgerow

As in past vintages we took a traditionally white grape and left it on it’s skins to add color and texture to the wine, and then pressed and finished fermenting to dryness in neutral french oak barrels to soften and round out the wine. This is an 'orange wine.’

Tannins are firm and present and the acidity makes this wine a perfect seafood wine.

This wine is pretty and has great fruit now but will cellar well.


2012 Pinot gris

Wirtz Vineyard
110 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$32 (sold out)
label - thistle from the big table farm pasture

This wine is fermented on the skins briefly and then finished in barrel to dryness and malolactic complete, bottled without fining or filtration.

2012 was a beautiful growing season and has produced some gorgeous wines, the Pinot gris is also typical of the vintage and displays the same great ripeness, coating mouthfeel and wonderful balance. As in past vintages the tannins are firm and present and the acidity makes this wine politely ask to be paired with seafood of all kinds.

This wine shows: watermelon, acacia flower, underripe peach, bubble gum, cinnamon, cardamom, peanut shells. Oily entry, very spicy, cinnamon and acacia flower are concentrated up front. The tannin provides a welcome tension in the wine and cuts the oily quality down.

This wine will cellar well.


2011 Pinot gris

Wirtz Vineyard
110 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$28 (sold out)
label - legumes from big table farm

Since last year’s release of this unusual wine, to our delight ‘orange wines’ have enjoyed some attention. The 2010 was a successful ‘experiment’ and I’ll have to say 11 is every bit of ten and more...

Like with 2010, we took a traditionally white grape and left it on it’s skins to add color and texture to the wine, and then pressed and finished fermenting to dryness in neutral french oak barrels to soften and round out the wine.

The result is a very full-bodied luscious wine with lots of fruit and structure, but the freshness of a white wine. It is an amazing companion to seafood. Bone dry, malolactic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered.


2010 Pinot gris

Wirtz vineyard
125 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$28 (sold out)
label - orchard and fescue grass of big table farm

Unless you have seen the actual Pinot gris fruit, you wouldn’t guess that the grapes are a rosy grey (gris) color when ripe. We have decided to utilize this aspect of the grape to make a wine that is a little bit different than most.

The grapes were gently fermented on their skins for a brief time to add some color and texture to the wine, and then pressed and finished fermenting to dryness in neutral french oak barrels to soften and round out the wine.

The result is a very complex wine that has characteristics of both a white and the striking tannins of a red. Orange peel, watermelon, wet asphalt greet you, the rich pallet of red fruit and spice is framed by firm tannins and balanced acidity.

This wine, as well as the rest of our ten’s, is definitely a food wine. Bone dry, malolactic complete and bottled unfined and unfiltered.