A Stylish Blend
2014 Blanc de Blancs Reserve
The 2014 Blanc de Blancs Reserve was crafted from 82% Chardonnay and filled with 18% PInot Gris. It achieves Reserve status by additional length in tirage, adding to a rich and creamy palate.
In the style of classic Mumm Napa Blanc de Blancs, this wine opens with lovely aromas of lemon curd, toasted bread, green apples, and hazelnut. Hints of peach and melon play in the background, complements of the Pinot Gris. On the palate, the toasted bread notes are balanced with juicy apple flavors and just a touch of spice from the oak. A delicate and refined mousse leads into a long and nutty finish.
We pick the Chardonnay and Pinot Gris for this Blanc de Blancs Reserve by hand during the cool morning hours to ensure it arrives at the winery in pristine condition. Individual vineyard lots are fermented separately at cool temperatures in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and fruit intensity. Ten percent of this 2014 blend aged in in French oak, lending a nice spice element to the wine. Forty-six months aging en tirage brings wonderful complexity to the wine, and the small dosage added after disgorging balances the wine’s bright acidity.
The beautiful acidity in this wine is a great compliment to richer dishes such as lobster macaroni and cheese or fried chicken, but it’s also lovely served alongside oysters or as a compliment to relaxing weekend brunch.
Facts & Figures
BLEND: 82% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Gris
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
RESIDUAL SUGAR (DOSAGE): 1.0%
TA: 7.2 g/l
TIME EN TIRAGE: 46 months
AGING POTENTIAL: ready to drink now and will continue aging for 5-10 years