September 13, 2016 (R)/ September 14, 2016 (Ch)
20˚ (R) / 17.4˚ (Ch)
Forty-five months in tirage
June 30, 2017
Wine & Spirits
Cuvée Brut 2016
Aromas of white peach and buttercream waft out of the glass. A frothy mousse enrobes the palate, while flavors of McIntosh apple, mandarin orange, and lemon confit linger long afterwards.
After a mild winter with little snowfall and an uneventful spring, we had only one inch or less of recorded rain in both June and July and were classified as being under “extreme drought” by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Although the hot, dry summer put some stress on vineyards, we enjoyed excellent yields and relatively low disease pressure which resulted in a very clean crop. These conditions also accelerated the ripening process. Overall, our vineyards produced berries of normal size with high sugars and low acids.
BLEND: 65% Riesling, 35% Chardonnay
100% whole cluster pressed on date of harvest; 70% fermented together in stainless steel tanks, 30% fermented in neutral French oak barrels