Sparkling Brut Rose, Estate Grown, Dry Creek Valley, 2019
2019 was a beautiful vintage here in Dry Creek Valley. We had a very wet winter which pushed out budbreak and bloom by about two weeks. The growing season was warm but without any heat spikes, making it ideal for these sparkling grapes.
We harvested these by hand at 4 am, the coldest bit of the night. The grapes went whole cluster into the press to get minimal contact with the skins, stems and seeds. We pressed very gently, making a cuvee cut at 1.2 bar. After 24 hours of settling at very cold temperatures, we racked the juice to a fermentation tank where is fermented nice and cold for almost 5 weeks. From there, the wine was put to bottle with a little bit more yeast and a little bit of sugar and fermented Methode Champenois (in each individual bottle). This is the traditional method of making champagne in France that goes back centuries. After 22 months on lees in bottle, we disgorged with an addition of 1% 2020 Zinfandel and 6 g/L of sugar to brighten the fruit and round out the palate.
Our first Estate Brut Rose smells of honeyed strawberries, toasted almonds, and pink grapefruit. The palate is lifted with heavy citrus notes balanced by red fruit undertones and a slight brioche character running throughout. This is a beautiful wine to have as an aperitif or with friends at a celebration.
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