Two decades ago we created our first Blanc de Noir- a white sparkling wine made from black Pinot Noir grapes. Our experimentation yielded a precious few cases of a truly unique sparkling wine, with hallmark Blanc de Noir characteristics of fruity fleshiness and a bit more body and texture. We continue to produce this cult favorite in very small quantites and sell it exclusively at the winery.
This wine opens up with wonderful notes of of baked apple, white cherry, graham cracker, and lychee. The palate continues to entice with more cherry accompanied by notes of white peaches, honeydew melon, and tangerine. There is a deep complexity that is enhanced by the extra year of aging this vintage received in the bottle. Soft, round and thought provoking this wine presents a generous mousse.
In 2017, Carneros was gifted with its 3rd wettest winter in 125 years, refilling reservoirs and aquifers that had been depleted in the previous drought years. Happy vines developed healthy canopies which tempered the higher-than-average temperatures and brief heat spikes that characterized the growing season. Harvest began on August 7th, a fairly typical start date in Carneros. The resulting wines show beautiful depth, concentration, and freshness.
Food Pairing Notes
We suggest pairing this wine with a lamb burger, seared seabass, or even fried mushrooms.