Gros Ventre

Gros Ventre High Country Red Passe-tout-Grains 2017

AVA El Dorado, California, USA

Blend: Pinot Noir, Gamay | 13.1% ABV


We are delighted to present this American red wine from California, made with a blend of Pinot Noir, and Gamay grapes. High Country Red is a blend that the Burgundians call "Passe-Tout-Grains". A wonderful example of this style of wine, rarely seen outside of Burgundy. Delicious and oh-so-easy to drink.

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It delivers a lifted nose and crunchiness to the palate. It offers aromas of pomegranate, cherry, violets and sweet spice. The Gamay brings supple and generous, red fruit flavours lively acidity.

Service: Serve at 13°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with cheese, meaty or oily fish, pork, poultry, and vegetarian dishes.

Founded by Sarah and Chris Pittenger in 2009, Gros Ventre Cellars is a small, family-owned winery operating out of Healdsburg, CA. They source their grapes from top growers in El Dorado, Clarksburg, Central Coast, and the West Sonoma Coast from mostly organic or bio-dynamic vineyards, managed by teams dedicated to producing world class wine. Many of the growers and vineyard managers are close friends, which enables them to collaborate with shared beliefs of sustainability, and quality.

Located in the tiny hamlet of Annapolis about 5 miles from the ocean, Campbell Ranch is carved out of a redwood and pine grove perched on a ridge at 750′ elevation. It takes the brunt of coastal fog and breezes that usher in from the coast through the Gualala River drainage and epitomizes the rugged and remote coastal vibe that is the West Sonoma Coast.

Wine&Earth full Sustainability Assessment pending.

Gros Ventre Cellars, run by Sarah and Chris Pittenger since 2009, appears to take a considered and conscientious approach to sustainability, particularly in environmental terms.

They produce approximately 2,500 cases of wine annually, emphasising the character and terroir of their chosen vineyards.
The Pittengers' personal story, weaving through various significant wine regions and roles, underscores their commitment to quality and passion for viticulture. Their choice of name reflects a blend of personal significance and a touch of humour, highlighting their journey and ethos.

Gros Ventre Cellars has articulated a clear goal to work exclusively with vineyards that are farmed sustainably, with a preference for organic or biodynamic practices. The vineyards they source from have a focus on careful resource management and respect for the land. The couple place an emphasis on close relationships with growers and vineyard managers who share their sustainability values.

Specific vineyards such as Campbell Ranch and Baranoff Vineyard illustrate Gros Ventre's commitment to terroir expression and sustainable practices. These vineyards, managed by respected figures in sustainable viticulture, contribute to Gros Ventre's mission by providing grapes from environmentally conscious sources.

The Pittengers also aim to allocate a significant portion of their resources to conservation and environmental efforts. Their active participation in fundraising and donations to various environmental and public land trusts indicates a mature approach to environmental responsibility that extends beyond their immediate business operations.

Red | Still | 75cl | 13.7% ABV

Recognition: Vintage 2016 - Wine & Spirits Magazine: 91pts | Vintage 2017 - Wine & Spirits Magazine: 91pts | Vintage 2018 - CellarTracker: 89pts | Vintage 2021 - The Wine Independent: 90pts

Cellaring: Drink now.

Vinification: Typically, each lot sees a 3-5 day cold soak followed by a native yeast fermentation that lasts a week or so. The cap is gently punched down by hand 1-2 times per day. Whole cluster inclusion depends on the particular site, clone and vintage. Once in barrel (typically less than 20% new), the wines are left to rest on their gross lees. Only minimal amounts of sulphur is added, and top the wine during élevage until it’s bottled, unfined and unfiltered.

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