2014 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc-San Francisco Chronicle Sparkling Category Winner

2014 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc-San Francisco Chronicle Sparkling Category Winner
2014 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc-San Francisco Chronicle Sparkling Category Winner

Awards:

Sparkling Sweepstake Award, San Francisco Chronicle

Gold, Virginia Governor's Cup

92 points, Steven Spurrier

Tasting notes:

Aromas of bright green apple and fresh citrus notes with layers of brioche and yeast complexity. Enjoy with mild cheeses, scallops, or serve as an aperitif.

Vintage2014
VarietalChardonnay
Varietal Composition100% Chardonnay
AppellationMonticello
Vineyard100% estate-grown: 60% Trinite, 30% Pastorale, and 10% Lodge
DesignationBrut
Harvest Date08/14/2014
Acid9.8
PH3.14
Aging96% Stainless steel, 4% French oak
Residual Sugar0.8
Alcohol12.50%
Wine StyleSparkling
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced8900

Mike Dunne, wine columnist for the Sacramento Bee, noted that the 2014 Blanc de Blanc “stood out for its fine color, precise beads, boldness and persistence. Its citric fruit was buoyed by snappy acidity and complicated with a yeastiness more often identified with Champagne than American sparkling wine.”  

Terroir:

This wine is made from 100% estate-grown fruit. Our vines are sheltered in the foothills of Carter’s Mountain in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA).

Vintage Notes:

After a cold winter with some bud loss, a hot and dry summer and great weather conditions throughout harvest led to excellent flavor and concentration.

Winemaker's Notes:

This Brut sparkling wine is made via Méthode Champenoise with our estate-grown Chardonnay. Hand picking by night and gently pressing ensures that this wine retains all of its best qualities. After a combination of 96% stainless steel and 4% neutral French oak barrel aging, the wine gains complexity by aging on the lees in the bottle for a minimum of 3 years. At disgorging, a low dosage is added to balance acidity and improve mouth-feel. 

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