“Bright and refreshing, this pinot gris is framed by crisp acidity and vibrant minerality. It has a surprisingly silky mouthfeel, with concentrated flavors of ripe apples and white peaches, and a very slight herbaceous note. A great wine on its own, tangent pinot gris pairs well with a wide range of foods from seafood to grilled sausages.”
Christian Roguenant, Winemaker
VARIETAL HISTORY TASTING NOTE
A block of newer plantings in the Paragon Vineyard of the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California is the sole source of fruit for the tangent Pinot Gris. Benefiting from the cool influence of the Pacific only four miles to the left, this vineyard is afforded one of the longest growing seasons in the state. Soils here are a mixture of volcanic, clay loam and rocky marine sediment, offering few nutrients. The temperate climate brings extended hang time, and the soils cause the vines to stress and strain as they grow. These two factors ultimately culminate in fully ripe, concentrated fruit that bursts with flavor.
As tangent aims to produce vibrant wines of good acid structure to be naturally enjoyed with a wide range of foods, this wine was made without any oak influence, nor did any portion of it go through malo-lactic fermentation. An evocative aperitif on its own, tangent Pinot Gris also pairs well with most foods, shellfish and some hard cheeses in particular.