An Evening Starter
2017 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.
This Pinot stands out with its pale copper hue and tart aromas of red apple, orange zest, rhubarb, and pear. Two years en tirage adds inviting brioche tones and a toasty finish.
Pinot Meunier is one of the three celebrated grapes of Champagne, but it is not planted widely in Napa Valley. We keep a couple of blocks at our estate vineyard and we work with a small group of growers to source as much of this unique, dark-skinned grape as we can find. Meunier means “miller” in French — if you ever see Pinot Meunier on the vine, you might see that the white fuzz on the leaves looks like a dusting of flour. This is one of the first varieties we pick each year, and we bottle a small quantity to showcase the true personality of this special varietal.
It’s the perfect way to toast the beginning of Dungeness crab season or an exquisite choice for the Thanksgiving table.
Facts & Figures
Blend – 97% Pinot Meunier, 3% 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