67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay
90% neutral French Oak, 10% Stainless Steel
10 months in barrel
20 months en tirage
Hailing from California’s preeminent sparkling wine region, Anderson Valley, this bubbly delight sings on the palate. Drawing minerality and citrus notes from Chardonnay grapes, and more nuanced hints of spice, cinnamon and Italian leather from Pinot Noir, this sparkler bursts onto the palate. Combining the crispness of key lime and Granny Smith apple, with savory notes of fresh brioche and orange marmalade, it is deliciously balanced and graceful.
An extremely dry winter was followed by just enough spring rain to carry us through to a successful harvest. With very few frost days, the fruit set was excellent throughout our estate vineyards. To ensure a perfectly sized, well-balanced crop we were very active in fruit dropping. The remaining clusters were compact, with the abundant small berries that are perfect for high-quality wine. We started harvest 10 days earlier than normal, during a period of ideal temperate weather that allowed us to pick at a leisurely pace, while ensuring optimal ripeness. The resulting wines are marked by a complexity only achieved in cooler years with coursing acidity, beautiful high-toned fruit and nuanced minerality.