In the glass the wine sparkles with small bubbles and pale straw color with hints of pink from our Pinot Noir grapes. Beautiful aromas of citrus and pineapple lead to bright flavors of tangerine and grapefruit with notes of freshly toasted bread.
Our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes are grown at our Five Sisters Estate Vineyard in Los Carneros, directly behind our winery. This vineyard is planted in rocky soil and yields a small but intensely flavorful crop. The area benefits from cool growing conditions which leads to a long ripening season adding to the grapes’ rich flavors.
These grapes are the first of our Sonoma fruit to be harvested. They are handpicked and destemmed without crushing. The juice is cold-settled and then racked to a stainless-steel fermentor where it ferments at 50-55°F to retain the bright fresh flavors of the grapes. Wine is fermented dry without undergoing malolactic fermentation. This "cuvée" is then moved to individual (Methode Champenois) bottles where a small amount of sugar and yeast are added. The wine then ferments in the bottle and the natural CO2 created is captured in bottle. The riddling and disgorging follow and the wine is ready for a December release the year following harvest.