2019 Pinot Gris, La Encantada
Planted by Richard Sanford in 2000, the La Encantada Vineyard produces wines that exemplify the greatest attributes of the Sta. Rita Hills’ southwest corridor year after year. Just two miles west of the Alma Rosa estate on Santa Rosa Road, La Encantada grows the vast majority of the Pinot Gris found in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation. Our 2019 Pinot Gris is a full-bodied expression of the variety, with a powerful streak of acidity that persists from first sip to the long finish, providing balance and levity. In the glass this wine presents as an alluring medium straw color, with playful green undertones. Inviting aromas of white stone fruit, lychee and melon are mirrored on the palate, where the ripe fruit is accented by elegant non fruit flavors of almond and baking spices. We suggest pairing this wine with classic Italian antipasti, mild creamy cheeses such as ricotta, or seafood dishes such as shrimp scampi or buttered scallops.