2016 Estate Pinot Blanc
About the wine
Hand harvested from 159 of our best estate vines and 100% stainless steel fermented, this 2016 Pinot Blanc is delicate and crisp with bright fruit flavors that compliment a wide array of cuisine and perfect to drink during those hot summer months. Stemming from the Alsace region in France, the Pinot Blanc varietal seemed to be the perfect addition to our family of méthode champenoise sparkling wines.
The growing season of 2016 got off to another early start with bloom just a few days later than the record early harvest of 2015. Mild weather through the summer allowed the grapes to ripen at a moderate rate developing deep and intense character. As a result of the early spring, harvest came in early also, beginning a full 2 ½ weeks earlier than average.
But mild weather through the harvest brought the fruit in at a slow pace allowing us to pick each block at its optimal ripeness and get the fruit into the winery early in the day and cold. The yields were thankfully average, a welcome development after the rollercoaster of record highs and lows of recent years. The fruit quality was excellent, and finishing up harvest two weeks early gave us more time to enjoy the rest of the autumn.
The nose opens up with fresh characters of melon and a peach. The fruit continues into mouth adding lime and a hint of green apple. The wine is crisp and delicate and finishes clean with a touch of mineral.
The mixture of apple and melon formulate a delightful mixture of bright fruit in this luscious summer weather wine. Light lime and ripe stone fruit flavors create a lively match for coconut curries with pineapple fried rice or watermelon gazpacho topped with fresh feta and cilantro. The crisp satisfying acid compliments hard cheeses such as Rocinante, Gouda or Mezzo Secco.
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