2021 Skylark Pinot Blanc, Orsi Vineyard, Mendocino
When we first ‘kicked dirt’ around the gnarly old grapevine trunks at Orsi Vineyard in 2005, we knew we were witnessing something special. 2021 is now our 17 the vintage working with these heritage vines in Mendocino. Our winemaking regime and goal here every year is the same – minimal intervention to allow this site to express its unique personality. 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. Once again, like always, Orsi Vineyard does not disappoint.
Pale yellow. 2021 Orsi Pinot Blanc is high-toned and pretty, with the green apple and tangerine fruits enlivened by lemon pith citrus notes. The palate is sleek and beautifully detailed, with the lemon curd citrus notes folding into a finish with the dry extract leaving a deep and lasting impression.
- 90 points Jeb Dunnuck