2018 Skylark Pinot Blanc, Orsi Vineyard, Mendocino


One of our oldest vineyard sources is Bernie Orsi’s Pinot Blanc outside of Hopland in Mendocino. Originally planted by John Fetzer in the 1970s, we walked through the oldest block of this site in 2005. Impressed by the thick, stubby trunks and gnarled old vines, we signed on to purchase that section for harvest 2005. We have now grown our production to almost the entire vineyard for our Pinot Blanc bottling. After picking, the fruit is whole cluster pressed into a tank, then racked to Mueller stainless steel barrels for fermentation. We stirred the lees once, blocked malolactic fermentation and bottled with a light filtration. We have no doubts, this vintage of Pinot Blanc will brighten your day.

Light straw yellow. High-toned aromatics of lime peel, roasted lemon, Granny Smith apple and a complicating note of pebbled soil. Intense and penetrating on the palate, the flavors follow through with the roasted lemon and green apple enlivened by natural acidity. Deftly light and concentrated at the same time, with the crunchy fruit streaming into a palate-staining finish.


  • 89pts Jed Dunnuck