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Gros Ventre Cellars High Country White 2019

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750ML / 12.9% ABV
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750ML / 12.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This 4th vintage of the High Country White sees Arneis taking the driver’s seat and Grenache Blanc riding shotgun. Fiano and Picpoul figure prominently as well, while touches of Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino elevate the final blend. Subtle chamomile and lavender aromas lead to hints of lime, flint, and salty ocean breeze. Medium bodied and refreshing, the finish is long, layered, and framed by bright acidity.

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The 2019 High Country White is a unique blend of 26% Arneis, 22% Grenache Blanc, 20% Fiano, 15% Picpoul Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Blanc and 7% Vermentino. Bright, floral and lifted, with terrific energy, the 2019 has so much to offer. This blend works so well in capturing an intriguing mix of texture and energy. Citrus, mineral and white flower nuances linger.
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Gros Ventre Cellars

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Gros Ventre Cellars, California
Founded in 2008, Gros Ventre Cellars has been over 20 years in the making. After college, Chris spent several years tasting and selling mostly European wines in shops and restaurants as a sommelier, which shaped his palate and led him towards wine production. Starting in 2003, he began working at several high profile wineries including Williams-Selyem, Marcassin, and Skinner Vineyards, one of the Sierra Foothills' most notable estates. Through his work at both Skinner and Gros Ventre, Chris was named one of the San Francisco Chronicle’s Winemakers to Watch by Jon Bonné. In the winery, minimal handling is the focus, with native fermentation, no extended maceration, no lees stirring, and no fining or filtration. Gros Ventre’s production centers around Pinot Noir grown in cool, coastal sites. Additional vineyards in the foothills are distinguished for their considerable elevation to ensure freshness. All of the sites employed are farmed by hands-on growers focused on sustainability. About the name? Its meaning is two-fold: In Jackson Hole, Chris and Sarah met near the Gros Ventre River. Gros Ventre is also French for "big belly", which is most appropriate as Sarah was pregnant with their first child during the inaugural vintage! Pronounced "Grow Vant."
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As home to California’s highest altitude vineyards, El Dorado is also one of its oldest wine growing regions. When gold miners settled here in the late 1800s, many also planted vineyards and made wine to quench its local demand.

By 1870, El Dorado County, as part of the greater Sierra Foothills growing area, was among the largest wine producers in the state, behind only Los Angeles and Sonoma counties. The local wine industry enjoyed great success until just after the turn of the century when fortune-seekers moved elsewhere and its population diminished. With Prohibition, winemaking and grape growing was totally abandoned. But some of these vines still exist today and are the treasure chest of the Sierra Foothills as we know them.

El Dorado has a diverse terrain with elevations ranging from 1,200 to 3,500 feet, creating countless mesoclimates for its vineyards. This diversity allows success with a wide range of grapes including whites like Gewurztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc, as well as for reds, Grenache, Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera and especially, Zinfandel.

Soils tend to be fine-grained volcanic rock, shale and decomposed granite. Summer days are hot but nights are cool and the area typically gets ample precipitation in the form or rain or snow in the winter.

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With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended white wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used in white wine blends, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied white wine blend, like Chardonnay, would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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