Our 2015 Smoking Loon Pinot Grigio opens with bright aromas of lemon peel, dry fig and Anjou pear, followed by pleasant lemon nuances. Refreshing and light, this wine has soft mineral and citrus flavors with a hint of kiwi. Crisp acidity and a zesty finish make this wine a versatile food wine. Enjoy with grilled halibut, orzo risotto with shrimp, chicken curry or sushi.
In crafting our 2015 Smoking Loon Pinot Grigio, our winemakers sourced grapes from throughout California’s prime grape growing regions. Known for its abundant sunshine which helps to ensure a reliable extended growing season, the “Golden State” has become an American winemaking mecca on par with the other great wine regions of the world. California boasts nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs), that encompass over a half million acres of vineyards, supporting a diverse varietal mix. Cool climate varietals like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive in the fog-bathed coastal areas, while the warmer inland valleys provide the perfect conditions for heartier heat loving varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Pinot Grigio.
Despite another year of drought, a lighter yield and one of the earliest seasons on record, the 2015 vintage is shaping up to be a stellar one. A mild winter caused an early bud break that was followed by prolonged bloom and an unseasonably cool spring that caused some of the blooms to shrivel and fall, an effect called shatter. The uneven pollination contributed to smaller grape clusters and variable crop size in California, particularly for late blooming varietals such as Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon. Fortunately, the high temperatures in August and early September accelerated maturity and produced fruit with concentrated flavors and intense aromas. The smaller 2015 crop comes after the heavy harvests of 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Smoking Loon was established in 2000 on a very simple premise: good wine doesn't need to take itself so seriously. Originally named for Don Sebastiani's love of cigars and his father August's passion for water fowl (don't ask, long story), Smoking Loon offers an irreverent, tongue-in-cheek approach to enjoying wine.
Our wines are crafted for those with an appetite for adventure, those in touch with their inner loon, those who consider pretense simply unnecessary. Each vintage provides our winemakers the perfect opportunity to have a little fun and indulge their inner loon. They start by scouring the top wine regions of the world for the nest fruit. Then, they gently guide that fruit to its fullest potential, creating fruit-forward, well-balanced wines that offer a keen blend of approachability, quality and value.