It may have had too much skin contact so there really is nothing that can be done with the exception of some filtering, that might strip a little color but I dought much. Just a problem with juice buckets as you dont know whats inside the bucket.
I would agree with Wade's assessment that skin contact time is probably the issue since Pinot Grigio has pink skins. However, there is also a rare condition called "pinking" that can occur, especially with P.G. and Sauv. Blanc. Here is a link that has some interesting info about a whole bunch of wine defects, including pinking.
From what I read it is a visual thing and not an issue..I hope not,I have 12 gallons of it..
I found Tartrate crystals when I racked it as well.I had the same in the Pinot Nior I made and it turned out fine. Everything I have read on the subject tells me it is from colder temps..That makes sense cause the basement is definitly colder since I don't use the boiler anymore now that I have a pellet stove upstairs..We will see how it turns out. Check this link out as this is just how it looks .
I have never heard of California Special. In fact I cannot even find it on the web? Who makes it?
The reason I asked it that we (three of us) all got pails of dark pinot grigio from Regina. They have been in the carboy since mid-september and some are downright distastful. They are very bitter and smokey in flavor. We are hoping that bulk aging will ease the bitterness but unfortunately we are stuck with the dark color. We have made several calls to Regina. They told us they would look into it and get back to us. I'm still waiting for my phone call.
Thank you for the information.
I am confidant that the wine is definitely not contaminated in any way.
Keep in mind that if there was any red wine or juice in your containers or barrel, prior to fermentation, the salmon color could leak through.
Also I have not had any other complaints about the color with the lot number you gave me.
I bought some of the pink Pinot Grigio juice, Lot # FGA P24 (Pinko
> Grigio) last fall. At the time I thought if the only difference is the
> color as Regina stated I wouldn't make a big deal out of the color.
> After we brought the Pinko Grigio home I thought I would hedge my bet
> and buy some Pinot Grigio, Lot # EGL P 12 from a different source. The
> second bucket was Regina also but did not exhibit the pink Color.
> After using exactly the same technique on both batches the taste is vastly different and the color.
> Everyone that I have had test the wine insists they like the taste of
> the Pinot Grigio much more than the Pinko Grigio. The difference isn't
> a subtle hard to detect taste, it's very different. I have attached a picture of the two types of wine.