Lichen Estate: Seven acres of estate vines overlook Highway 128 from the 203-acre Lichen Estate in Anderson Valley. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprises 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard, & 667) on three rootstocks (420A, 101-14, and 161-49) went into the Moonglow blend. Lichen Estate fruit is 100% of the total blend in 2016.
We used a higher percentage of ripe fruit for the 2018 vintage compared to previous years, and a lower percentage of sparkling wine press fractions. While the Pinot Gris went through a 100% stainless fermentation, we also played with some neutral oak aging in the cellar... and we will do more of that in the future. The results speak for themselves.
Our 2018 Pinot Gris offers Lichen’s richest take yet on this dazzlingly aromatic varietal. Opulent and ripe fruit abounds, yet the wine remains jazzy and refreshing. Clocking in at 13.7% alcohol, it strays from our more restrained prior vintages, but it’s been a crowd pleaser in the tasting room and a new favorite among the staff.