2018 Blanc de Noir

Hand-picked from a single block of 1985 “Clone 93” Pinot Noir, this wine has emerged as quite the charming bubbly in our growing sparkling program. Perfectly suitable for special celebrations or everyday enjoyment! 

A pale sunset pink in the glass, our Blanc de Noir exhibits classic Champagne-style aromatics of brioche and ripe red apple with a fresh oyster shell character. The palate is crisp and refreshing with a wonderful mousse present and fine bubble. Long and complex with orange zest, pomelo and a hint of anise and fresh honeycomb.

A lingering toasty character comes in a wave at the finish, a result of the 22 months on lees. So enjoyable now, the bright tension and quality of fruit found in this bubbly ensures a long life line. Watch evolve beautifully over the next 4-7 years.

This traditional method sparkling was crafted from a single block of Pinot Noir planted in 1985. Picked on the 7th of September at the optimal window to capture the acidity and purity of fruit sought after for this wine. The base wine was fermented in a selection of used puncheons and barriques and aged on fermentation lees until May of 2019. The wine then underwent a secondary fermentation in bottle and was aged for 22 months on secondary lees before disgorgement in March of 2021, where 6 g/L dosage of our still 2018 Pinot Noir was added.

TECHNICAL INFO

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Alcohol: 12.3%
RS: 6.35 g/L
pH: 3.02
Total Acidity: 9.22 g/L

VINTAGE NOTES

After a cold winter with high snowfall, the growing season got off to a slower start compared to seasonal averages. True bud break took place during the first week of May; slightly later than seasonal averages. In contrast, the summer was hotter than average and sunny days made up for the late spring.

Although smoke haze from regional fires was present during parts of summer in 2017, it actually mitigated hot temperatures. The result was a slowing of the ripening phase, preventing sugar from accumulating too quickly over such a hot period. We did not see any resulting smoke taint in our wines.