Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Pinot Gris
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
The Cold Creek Ranch is tucked away in the coveted Sonoma Coast appellation where maritime influences produce Pinot Gris with luscious fruit flavors, naturally bright acidity and hints of minerality. The majority of the blend was fermented in small, stainless steel vats to preserve the pure character. the remaining portion was fermented in neutral oak barrels to add body and a creamy texture to the wine.

Tasting Notes

The Cold Creek Ranch Pinot Gris offers fresh stone fruit aromas of white peach, lemon citrus blossom and crisp red apple. The nose leads to a mouthwatering palate with flavors of ripe peach and juicy pear. The wine has beautiful mineral notes that add complexity and a persistent core of acidity that leaves a lively and clean finish.

Vineyard Notes

The Cold Creek Ranch is tucked away in the southern-most portion of the coveted Sonoma Coast appellation. The ranch experiences maritime influences from both the San Pablo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, which provide cool breezes and morning fog. As a result, the Pinot Gris offers forward fruit flavors, lively acidity and hints of minerality.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 growing season was another beautiful vintage with mild temperatures and no weather upsets throughout. The season got off to an early start in the spring and continued through to an early start of harvest with dry and uniform weather.  The resulting grapes, although overall yields were slightly down, were of very high quality.

Winemaking Notes

This 2015 vintage marks our eighth release of Pinot Gris from the Cold Creek Ranch. The blend consists of 100% Pinot Gris fruit most of which ferments in stainless steel tanks to retain the purity of the fruit character from the vineyard. Additionally, we ferment a portion in seasoned French oak barrels (9%) to add creaminess and depth to the wine. Finally, we ferment a small amount (9%) in stainless steel barrels to add a  richness  to  the  texture  of  the  wine.  None  of  the  lots  go  through  malolactic  fermentation and the final blend is assembled just before bottling.