2012 Barber Cellars Pinot Gris Chimaera, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma County
Just arrived and fetched on the way home from Glendora, a cork finished without capsule bottle lacking a UPC.
Thinking small production and this is confirmed on the back label; only 250 cases.
Interesting blend 85% Pinot Gris and 15% Marsanne. While I've had some PG in the past, it's not a favorite of mine. Marsanne, otoh, I've quite enjoyed some of Peter W's bottles. Looking forward to the pairing. Looks like the PG for this may have come from a Keller Estate vineyard that overlooks Petaluma and the Petaluma Gap; curious about the Marsanne source.
Chilled for a couple hours in the fridge following delivery, the pour is distinctive. Not a pale yellow or straw I'd expected, pale yes, but with a bit of rose tint; perhaps like a white brass hue. Nor is it clear, but rather slightly hazy. Reading further I see this is only lightly filter and bottled unfined. Here I recall some Inspiration chardonnay from Jon that was not initially well received until given a proper time to settle out, as one would customarily do with an older or unfiltered red. No jumping to any rash conclusions here with this one.
Nose is moderate to aromatic, crisp with citrus, grapefruit would be my closest guess, but buffered with tropical aromas as well, melons, papaya or mango I'd think. Actually a bit too chilled, I'll expect this to open up a bit as it warms.
Entry is a mixture of crisp minerality, but decidedly buffered by the Marsanne with some lush fruitiness rounding out the citrus with medium body. I could use a bit of additional acidity here to liven things up, it's just a bit too smooth for my palate. Dry to off dry; not sure this has much RS but likely the fruit contributing.
The flavors pretty much follow without surprises the nose. The finish is much longer than that of a straight PG; a good 5~7 seconds.
At this point this is an easy drinker that sips well or should pair with lighter fare.
I'm going to let this settle overnight to see how and if it cleans up in such a short time and revisit with additional notes tomorrow.
Looks like this is available at some local retailers for ~$16, but CT has it at under $11. Must have been on sale somewhere not listed and would be a nice bottle at that price. $18 on the producers website with a 10% case discount.
Now seeing the listing, my first question for the winery, should they appear, is what are the pH, TA and RS numbers. At 14.5% AbV, this hides the alcohol very well.