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14 Hands 2012 Pinot Grigio - Half Case

Price: $55.00
RETAIL: $72.00

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Melon lovers rejoice!  This Pinot Grigio is loaded with melons and honeysuckle with underlining hints of apples and pears

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The Season
Cool temperatures during the spring delayed bud break and bloom by three to four weeks. Consistently warm summer temperatures lengthened the ripening period. Many sites began harvest three weeks later than normal. Warm, dry days in October allowed the grapes to hang a bit longer, creating depth without sugar accumulation. White wines from the vintage reveal beautiful acidity and bright fruit flavors.

The Vineyard
Fruit were were sourced from vineyards throughout eastern Washington, including the Horse Heaven Hills, Wahluke Slope, Yakima Valley and other parts of the Columbia Valley.  The terrior in Columbia Valley consists of loam-sand and gravel soil which is good for drainage, but holds less nutrients.  The vines are grown on the south-facing side of the hills, allowing for most sun exposure and better drainage.

The Process
Pinot Grigio grapes were picked around 21 Brix to capture their bright, juicy style.  After pressing the fruit quickly, the juice was cold settled for two days.  The clean juice was inoculated with M2 & VIN13 yeasts initiating cool 14-20 day fermentation in stainless steel tanks.  A small amount of Chardonnay and Riesling were added to the blend to enhance mouthfeel and aromatics.  The wine was filtered just prior to bottling to ensure freshness.

The Experience
This refreshing Pinot Grigio presents aromas and flavors of fresh melon, green apple and light notes of honeysuckle. Its light quality makes it an excellent pairing for seafood.

The Facts
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Varietal Composition: 98% Pinot Grigio, 1% Chardonnay, 1% Riesling
Barrel Aging: Stainless Steel for 14-20 days
Alcohol: 12.5%
Acidity: 0.57g/100ml
pH: 3.32
The inspiration for 14 Hands wines recalls a time when wild mustangs once freely roamed the hills of eastern Washington State. These small horses, measuring a scant 14 hands high - a “hand” being equivalent to a man’s palm width and how horses were measured then - would travel down from the hills every day to drink from the mighty Columbia River and graze upon the luscious waist high grasses along the riverbank, and then retreat back up into the hills to cool off at night. Strong and tenacious, these little horses became known for their endurance and were revered around the world.

This unique and beautiful landscape that gave these unbridled horses their spirit and tenacity now feeds the 14 Hands vines. With loamy-sand and gravel soils, these hills require a strong and determined grapevine, and our 14 Hands vines revel in this unique and world-class terroir. With the fruit from these tenacious vines, 14 Hands wines are handcrafted into big, bold, juicy fruit forward reds and crisp, fruit forward white wines that are laced with the unbridled spirit and legend of the region.

14 Hands celebrates the spirit of these wild horses, and the rich and unique history of Washington wines not only in our wines, but also in the vibrant colors and images on our popular varietal labels and our new Hot to Trot red and white blend wines. Whether you enjoy 14 Hands by the glass in your favorite restaurant, or share a bottle with family or friends, our wines are the quintessential Washington wine experience – fruit-forward, easily enjoyable with any meal or on any occasion, and delivering a superb value for the price. Bringing this bottle of wine to the party is more than bringing just a wine – it’s a delicious wine with a unique story that’s sure to spark up a memorable conversation.
Wine Enthusiast - 87 pts
"Lovely and fresh, this piles on flavors of Bosc pear, with the texture to match. It’s a wonderful expression of the grape coming from the eastern Washington region, accented with lovely, delicate baking spices." - Paul Dregrutt
Aging Potential: Ready to Drink
Alcohol By Volume: 12.5%
Appellation: Columbia Valley, Washington
Barrel Type: Stainless Steel
Body: Light
Color: Greenish Yellow
Flavor Pairing: Grill
Food Pairing: Seafood
On the Nose: Melon, Honeysuckle, Green Apple
On the Palate: Pear, Melon, Honeysuckle, Green Apple
Serving Recommendation: Slightly Chilled, Pop the Cork & Enjoy!
Texture: Crisp
Varietal: Riesling, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay

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