2015 Laughing Stock Pinot Gris

2015 Laughing Stock Pinot Gris

British Columbia, Canada

$18.00 Quantity

VARIETAL: Pinot Gris

ALCOHOL: 14.00%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

90 Points - John Schreiner

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

Reviews:

Why We're Drinking It:

Pinot Gris is one of the darling varietals of the Okanagan Valley. It ripens easily and consistently produces an enjoyable, fruit forward yet food friendly wine.

Our winemaking choices for this vintage include whole cluster pressing for a fresh fruit profile and settling the juice with no skin contact. We then fermented in 50% neutral French oak barrels, 30% stainless steel and 20% concrete eggs. The wine was aged sur lie for 5 months with weekly stirring.

Our winemaking team has been using concrete eggs since 2011. Concrete fermenters are slightly porous thus allowing the wine to breathe without imparting any flavors. The egg shape brings some unique properties to the fermentation process by keeping the lees in a constant state of movement.

Starting with a spectacularly warm spring, 2015 became one of the hottest on record in the Okanagan Valley. Hot doesn’t necessarily guarantee a stellar vintage as vines can shut down once temperatures go beyond 35 degrees. And typical of recent hot summers, forest fires abounded creating other issues such as valley smoke, which ironically clouded the sunshine for a few weeks and slowed ripening. Overall, harvest dates were two to three weeks early with fabulously ripe fruit. For white wines, the trick to calling the right pick date was to pay attention to flavours and acidity as much as standard ripeness indicators such as Brix.

Tasting Notes:

The 2015 vintage shows bright fruit character with fresh citrus and ripe tangerine. With our focus on building texture in the wine, it is rich and lush on the palate, but balanced with a pink grapefruit splash of acidity on the finish. Bliss!

The Story to Know:

Previous to Laughing Stock, both David and I led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry.

In 2003, we did the unfathomable; we followed our hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that our pinstriped peers thought was ... fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.

The Laughing Stock name may have unwittingly been conceived at this time. Heaven knows we heard the term over-and-over again from our colleagues on Bay Street and Wall Street.

But this was a venture that had to be pursued, regardless of the dire financial forecasts. David often says, this is our 'vow of poverty'.

Prior to the acquisition, we made several research sojourns to vineyards and wineries across Europe and the United States. We met with the most talented winemakers, insightful viticulturists, and successful winery owners. We gained a wealth of knowledge from their collective wisdom.

David had already started as a true 'garagiste' winemaker in 2001 creating beautiful vintages of small batch, hand-crafted wines with fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State. He augmented his knowledge with various courses and workshops at UC Davis in California. David then apprenticed under some of the best wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley.

As for me, my transformation from being an MBA "suit" to becoming "vineyard manager" has been highly gratifying. The satisfaction of watching the vines grow and grapes develop has been very grounding. Even though, at times, Mother Nature throws curve balls that are wilder than anything we've ever experienced in the Stock Market.

Ten years later, I'm forever watchful over volatile conditions, and David continues to savour wines in the garage. Some things never change.

Cheers!

David & Cynthia Enns

Pinot Gris is one of the darling varietals of the Okanagan Valley. It ripens easily and consistently produces an enjoyable, fruit forward yet food friendly wine.

Our winemaking choices for this vintage include whole cluster pressing for a fresh fruit profile and settling the juice with no skin contact. We then fermented in 50% neutral French oak barrels, 30% stainless steel and 20% concrete eggs. The wine was aged sur lie for 5 months with weekly stirring.

Our winemaking team has been using concrete eggs since 2011. Concrete fermenters are slightly porous thus allowing the wine to breathe without imparting any flavors. The egg shape brings some unique properties to the fermentation process by keeping the lees in a constant state of movement.

Starting with a spectacularly warm spring, 2015 became one of the hottest on record in the Okanagan Valley. Hot doesn’t necessarily guarantee a stellar vintage as vines can shut down once temperatures go beyond 35 degrees. And typical of recent hot summers, forest fires abounded creating other issues such as valley smoke, which ironically clouded the sunshine for a few weeks and slowed ripening. Overall, harvest dates were two to three weeks early with fabulously ripe fruit. For white wines, the trick to calling the right pick date was to pay attention to flavours and acidity as much as standard ripeness indicators such as Brix.

90 Points - John Schreiner

90 Points - Wine Enthusiast

The 2015 vintage shows bright fruit character with fresh citrus and ripe tangerine. With our focus on building texture in the wine, it is rich and lush on the palate, but balanced with a pink grapefruit splash of acidity on the finish. Bliss!

Previous to Laughing Stock, both David and I led conservative, methodical, and calculated lives in the Financial Industry.

In 2003, we did the unfathomable; we followed our hearts, and bullishly invested everything into the wine industry. An emotional decision that our pinstriped peers thought was ... fiscally foolish, and financially unwise.

The Laughing Stock name may have unwittingly been conceived at this time. Heaven knows we heard the term over-and-over again from our colleagues on Bay Street and Wall Street.

But this was a venture that had to be pursued, regardless of the dire financial forecasts. David often says, this is our 'vow of poverty'.

Prior to the acquisition, we made several research sojourns to vineyards and wineries across Europe and the United States. We met with the most talented winemakers, insightful viticulturists, and successful winery owners. We gained a wealth of knowledge from their collective wisdom.

David had already started as a true 'garagiste' winemaker in 2001 creating beautiful vintages of small batch, hand-crafted wines with fruit sourced from some of the best vineyards in Washington State. He augmented his knowledge with various courses and workshops at UC Davis in California. David then apprenticed under some of the best wine-makers in the Okanagan Valley.

As for me, my transformation from being an MBA "suit" to becoming "vineyard manager" has been highly gratifying. The satisfaction of watching the vines grow and grapes develop has been very grounding. Even though, at times, Mother Nature throws curve balls that are wilder than anything we've ever experienced in the Stock Market.

Ten years later, I'm forever watchful over volatile conditions, and David continues to savour wines in the garage. Some things never change.

Cheers!

David & Cynthia Enns