Once again the Zeitgeist Trousseau Gris delivers on freshness and vibrancy. Tropical notes of lychee and stone fruits are accented by lemon zest and ginger. The wine is fresh upon entry, yet its body builds as it rolls across your palate. It is mouth coating without being heavy and fresh without being brisk. It pairs well with a wide variety foods, from the expected (seafood and veggies) to the less-than-expected (rib-eye, french fries and pork belly)! You will not be disappointed. There has already been much written about the incredible 2012 vintage in Northern California. Warm and even temperatures throughout the summer allowed for early and complete ripening. The Trousseau Gris in Russian River Valley was picked on 9-11-12 and 9-28-12 when the acid levels were still crisp! A native of the Jura region, Trousseau Gris is a true "Grey" grape and can make either white wines or slightly colored wines. We choose to press the grapes the moment they arrive at the winery, opting for a fresh white wine style. Pressed lightly to avoid any bitterness, the juice is transferred to stainless steel barrels and neutral french oak barrels. The wines ferment at low temperatures and can take as long as 6 weeks to finish. We age the wine on its lees, assemble the blend in February and bottle it in March. The wine does not go through malo-lactic fermentation.