Crisp aromas of Bartlett pear and honeydew melon are accented by hints of honeysuckle and sea shell. On the palate, bright flavors of pear, guava and citrus are uplifted by the wine’s lively natural acidity. The wine culminates in a crisp, refreshing finish.
Black Jack Vineyard is owned and farmed by the Rava family, a third-generation farming family. Ideally situated on a gentle slope of the Santa Lucia range in Monterey County, the vineyard enjoys foggy mornings and warm days followed by late afternoon coastal breezes and chilly nights. These cool temperatures allow grapes to ripen slowly over a prolonged growing season, resulting in expressive, aromatic fruit.
The Pinot Grigio grapes were hand picked and pressed whole cluster. The juice was racked to small stainless steel barrels for fermentation, which preserved the fresh aromatics, vibrant flavors and natural acidity of the grapes.
Bountiful winter rainfall in 2017 helped ease a five-year drought in California, replenishing soils and boosting vine vigor. Mild spring weather brought excellent bloom and set. A heat spike in early September propelled several varietals to ripeness, speeding up the pace of harvest. Cool temperatures returned for the rest of the harvest season. Yields were average to slightly below average and quality is excellent