An Evening Starter
2016 Sparkling Pinot Meunier
Although Pinot Meunier is one of three major varietals used in crafting super-premium sparkling wines, it is typically part of an overall blend. While a great complement to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this varietal is delightfully expressive on its own.
The nose on this wine is bright and fresh, showing aromas of strawberry, apricot, white plum, red apple, orange blossom, and melon, with toasty yeast notes playing a supporting role. On the palate, a frothy mousse, nice acidity, and balanced structure carry into a creamy finish dominated by notes of plum and peach cobbler.
Pinot Meunier is one of the three celebrated grapes of Champagne, but it is not planted widely in Napa Valley. We have a couple blocks planted at Devaux Ranch, and work with a small group of growers to source as much of this unique grape as we can find. Meunier means miller in French, and if you ever visit a Pinot Meunier vineyard, you will note the white fuzz on the leaves. It looks as if the miller came and dusted the vines with flour. Meunier is unique for maturing a little faster than Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, both on the vine and in the bottle. It is one of the first varieties we pick each year and doesn’t require quite as much time on the yeast in order to develop its full potential. Each year, we bottle a small blend that allows this special grape to show its true personality. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
This Pinot Meunier is the perfect aperitif wine. Wrap some sliced pears in prosciutto and serve with a variety of cheeses to complement this wine.
Facts & Figures
Blend – 93% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot noir Residual Sugar (Dosage) – 11.4 g/L (1.14%) Style – Brut Alcohol – 12.5% TA – 6.9 g/L pH – 3.00 Time en Tirage – 26 months Aging Potential – 2-3 years