Our Blanc de Noir is a sparkling wine made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes Rita’s Crown Vineyard in Sta. Rita Hills. The cool climate fruit retains excellent acid balance at harvest, which was done by hand in early August,
In the winery we use only the ‘Free Run’ or first juice to minimize color pickup in the wine. The juice is then racked to old French oak barrels for primary fermentation and aging. The wine was aged in oak for eight months with almost no sulphur dioxide added. We also stir lees during the first few months of elevage to build texture and complexity.
We employ the traditional Champagne Method for our sparkling wines and this wine was en tirage, or aged on lees in bottle for about 2 1/2 years before disgorging in November of 2015.
The resulting wine is complex and elegant, with finesse and perfect effervessence. Our 2012 Blanc de Noir is a treat to smell with yeasty hazelnut and brioche aromas. The palate is harmoniously well-balanced and full-bodied. Initial flavors of strawberry and lemons prevail, however these give way to yeasty flavors of butter and almond. There is an overall impression of delicious complexity. The finish is vibrant and long.