2017 Skylark Pinot Blanc, Orsi Vineyard, Mendocino
After we made our first vintage of Pinot Blanc from Bernie Orsi’s vineyard outside of Hopland in 2005, we decided to get serious about the varietal. Old vines planted in Russian River alluvial soils, we felt this site had incredible potential. Planted by John Fetzer in the 1970s, these regal old vines deserved the opportunity to show their unique character. We purchased Mueller stainless steel barrels, said ‘sayonara’ to the ubiquitous wood regime and let one vineyard have its voice. A dozen years have passed, and the consistent tone of Orsi Vineyard Pinot Blanc never fails to impress.
Classic Orsi Vineyard aromatics of citrus, roasted lemon, green apple and tangerine. The palate is ethereal and delicate, with the citrus and green apple fruits perfectly integrated with the natural acidity. Streamlined and pure, the crystalline lemon-inflected fruit flows into a savory and refreshing finish.
1000 CASES PRODUCED
- 92pts Wine & Sprits Magazine - ‘Best Buy 2018’