Aromas of stone fruit, pears, and yellow apples with delicious notes of citrus highlight this white wine. A soft, light-bodied mouthfeel is complemented by light flavors of honey and a lingering tropical fruit finish.
The grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters and the juice was received to a stainless steel tank. The juice was cleanly racked and fermented in stainless steel at a cool 55 degrees Fahrenheit to retain the fresh fruit aromatics. Following fermentation, the wine was aged in stainless steel tanks, in order to achieve bright acidity.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Grigio
Appellation: Central Coast
6x 2020 Elder Rock Pinot Grigio, Central Coast
12x 2020 Elder Rock Pinot Grigio, Central Coast
Not for sale online, $216/case MSRP
About The Winery
Thousands of years ago, alluvial fans and flood plains containing rock and shale fragments were deposited along the Central Coast region of California. These ancient marine layers are evidenced today by the rocky terrain and soils that we call ‘elder loam ’. At Elder Rock, they strive to craft wines that display the unique terroir and prehistoric roots of the land, wines that express a strong sense of place.
Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend. I’m working the whole weekend, so taking a break to taste wine tonight is not unwelcome. Wine is a nice light yellow, nose is melon and apple. Bright and clean. First sip, light body, bright good acid, melon and apple. I don’t taste any pepper or bitter. Little minerality/tingle. There is a bit of after taste on the roof of the mouth. Tried it with a creamy Brie and I think this would be an excellent charcuterie wine. This is pleasant, not overly complex and will be very refreshing on a warm night.
Apologies for the late post. It’s almost still morning on the West Coast, right? Barely in my defense, we had family over for brunch and I was consumed with preparations.
Our bottle of Elder Rock Pinot Grigio showed up on Friday afternoon. We were heading out for dinner but had a couple of hours to chill and taste. It’s the last gasp of summer here in Northern VA; cooler mornings but still humid and getting up into the high 80s/low 90s in the midday sun so this is a perfect Friday afternoon quaff.
The Elder Rock opened with green apple but not overly tart. Notes of pear and I’m sure I got pineapple. Pleasant acidity and a medium body. Sometimes PG hits and fades like a glass of water but this one lingers enough to feel like a good time. Not sharp minerals though… it was creamy and rounded on the tongue despite the acid.
I tried pairing with a slice of cave aged cheddar. It was not ideal. The strong cheese clashed with the relatively delicate flavors. I think preserved meats and pickled vegetables may fare better, certainly salmon or white fish with a squeeze of lemon.
We had just enough left for a glass to share on day 2. The acid and aromatics were significantly blunted. Unless you have a wine saver I’d suggest drinking this when you open it. Enjoy in the afternoon before dinner or with a light meal.
My guess is $15 at the winery, $100 for a case here, and worthy of serious consideration.