2018 Estate Pinot Blanc
About the wine
This 2018 Pinot Blanc is crisp, light, and aromatic with fresh 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 estate wines.
The grapes were hand harvested by our expert vineyard crew, from our Estate vineyards, into small picking bins as not to crush them. The grapes were then whole-cluster pressed. The juice was then 100% stainless steel fermented at 55°F to 60°F to retain freshness.
Aromas of grapefruit, citrus with a little red delicious apple greet the nose leading into flavors of lemongrass and a bit of dried apricot and a clean, crisp finish.
The spring of 2017 brought record rainfall to break the 6 year drought parching California. The late rains provided plenty of water to the vines for a vigorous start to the growing season. Throughout the growing season hot weather kept the grapes ripening quickly, but plenty of vegetation from strong spring growth provided some protection from the heat. Harvest began about 10 days earlier than average. A heat spike at the end of the still harvest, created some anxiety, but in we had the grapes harvested before the peak of the heat. Fortunately we were able to pick all of the grapes at their optimum ripeness to produce outstanding wines from the vintage.
Enjoy with pan-seared Halibut, Grapefruit Beurre Blanc and Lemongrass Risotto. For dessert try Meyer lemon cheesecake or apricot crisp with ginger crème fraiche. The satisfying acid compliments hard cheeses such as Rocinante, aged Gouda or Mezzo Secco.
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