This wine greets you with a nose of red apples and fresh baked bread complemented by orange zest and spiced plums. It’s a wine with powerful structure, great acid, and a creamy mid-palate. The toast and red apple notes carry through onto the palate, with hints of black cherry and toasted almonds leading into a long and creamy finish.
Each year we honor our founding winemaker, Guy Devaux with a special blend to highlight the vintage. We have only one rule: the base blend must be 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay. From there, it’s carte blanche for the winemaking team to select the very best vineyard lots that promise a balance between elegance, power, and age-ability. Usually fewer than 10 lots will make the cut. The 2015 harvest started earlier than any other in Mumm Napa history, on July 22nd. That early harvest, brought on by a dry winter, warm days, and a small crop, allowed the grapes to develop gorgeous, ripe fruit flavors while still maintaining beautiful, bright acidity. It was a year of high quality, reflected in this DVX blend, but also of small quantity. For the 2015 DVX, seven special lots were chosen for the blend. Nineteen percent of the blend was fermented in older barrels, contributing beautiful spice accents and rich mouthfeel to the wine.
This wine has the depth and richness to compliment bigger flavors. It would be lovely with a holiday brunch. Try it with duck confit hash with poached eggs, a crab benedict, or a mushroom quiche.
Facts & Figures
Blend – 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay Residual Sugar (Dosage) – 8.0 g/L (0.8%) Style – Brut Alcohol – 12.5% TA – 7.4 g/L pH – 3.14 Time en Tirage – 73 months Aging Potential – 10-15 years