2016 Block Nine Pinot Gris
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Gris
Winemaker Note: When asked to name a favorite block at EMV, our vineyard manager, Maya, immediately will say, “Block 9!” Located nearest the winery, it is home to 1.4 acres of Pinot Gris, and three misplanted vines of Pinot Blanc. Block 9 has always been somewhat of an anomaly for Pinot Gris in Virginia; it has shown an impressive ability to self-balance, as well as withstand weather/rain that would require us to pick any other other block of Pinot Gris we grow. We are able to hang the fruit to greater ripeness, all while maintaining a balancing acidity, which results. We fermented this block in 600L Acacia barrel and stainless steel, for texture and complexity, followed by a 9 month aging on lees.
Wine Description: The round and dense mouthfeel of this wine is one of its most notable attributes. It’s weight and character, accompany diverse aromatics of fresh and grilled stone fruit, citrus and a confectionary apple/baking spice, that lead to hints of savory bay, thyme and pine.
Food Pairing: While Pinot Gris is often destined for lighter foods, the Block 9 Pinot Gris can hold its own with weightier dishes such as grilled vegetables and hearty pasta. It's acidity creates a nice balance for rich dishes and is a favorite pairing with alpine cheeses.