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2008 Anniversary Cuvée

2008 Anniversary Cuvée

Price: $40.00

Like a lasting, loving relationship, the 2008 Anniversary Cuvée celebrates the coming together of all the perfect elements for a great sparkling wine. A true blanc de blancs, the 2008 Anniversary Cuvée is made from 100% Chardonnay. And, thanks to a challenging growing season, the fruit harvested that year was intensely flavorful. It all comes together to make for a wine worthy of commemorating a glorious occasion.

“Rich and opulent but well-focused.” – Tim Fish, Wine Spectator

  • 90 Points

    Wine Spectator, December 2013

  • 90 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Advance Buying Guide, November 2013

  • gold-medal-single

    GOLD – 2014 Florida State Fair

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Tasting Notes

This luxurious and complex wine carries bright aromas of brioche, lemon peel and almonds that lead to layers of flavors of Asian pear and Meyer lemon. The opulent texture and lively mouth feel is topped by a silky and lingering finish.

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Food Affinities

Appetizers, fresh oysters, grilled prawns or pastas with creamy sauces. For cheese, try aged cheddar and parmesan, or a soft supple brie and goat cheese.

About

The Anniversary Cuvée starts with an exceptional vintage: 2008. Our winemakers selected some of our best lots of the 2008 vintage Chardonnay to produce this exquisite Anniversary Cuvée, a wine that would be set aside for 40 months in our caves to reach a balance and elegance honoring such an occasion. This Anniversary Cuvée was produced in limited quantity and is a winery exclusive.

  • Blend

  • 100% Chardonnay

Winemaking

2008 will be remembered by Carneros grape growers as a challenging year. It was one that required more attentive care of the vines. Record frost in March and April damaged some of the vines followed by an unusual dry spell, which caused the yields to be lighter and slightly overripe. Despite the year's challenges the fruit quality was excellent, as the lower yields produced highly concentrated fruit flavors.

  • Whole cluster pressed
  • Blend of 5 base wines
  • Fermented in stainless steel at 55-60 F
  • 3 years on the yeast plus minimum 12 months on the cork
  • Disgorged June 2, 2012
  • Case Production -

  • 1400 cases
  • Analysis -

  • pH: 3.28,
  • Total Acidity: 0.66g/100 ml,
  • Alcohol: 12.9%,
  • Dosage: 13g grams/Liter