2013 Blanc de Blanc
This pale golden straw sparkler has beautiful strands of small bubbles. Aromas and flavors remind one of grapefruit rind, orange blossom, lemon curd and a slight toasty/yeastiness. It has a lively mouthfeel, rich palate and medium texture. This youthful, dry wine is acid driven and can be enjoyed over the next decade, but why on earth wait?! Serve with Oysters Rockefeller, soft, pungent cheeses, Cornell barbecued chicken, and shrimp cocktail.
A total of 2.83 tons of estate grown Chardonnay grapes was harvested by hand on September 12, 2013. They had a 18.4 brix natural sugar, 9.1 g/l TA and 3.10 pH. The grapes were crushed and pressed and the juice was inoculated with yeast. This primary fermentation lasted for 16 days at 56-60 degrees. The wine was cold and heat stabilized and filtered. A yeast propagation was added on September 3, 2014 and the wine was bottled into tirage. On August 20, 2018, 60 of 169 cases were disgorged and dosage was added. The finished wine has 7.0 g/l TA, a 3.22 pH, 0.5% residual sugar and 13% alcohol. The remaining cases continue to age, develop and await finishing.