The balance and integrity of the 2010 growing season is striking, especially when viewed through the prism of our 2010 Vintage Brut. Lemon peel, strawberry pith, fresh ciabatta dough. The center is downreaching and creamy. In the background, a faint, brine accent persists, remnant of freshly shucked Kumumoto oysters. Energetic acidity and length, there is a satisfying resolution about this cuvée, inspiring one to reach for another glass of the fizz!
At the tip-top of Knudsen Vineyards, at nearly 950 feet of elevation, is where you'll find our small planting of Pinot Meunier. Being inherently lower in acid as compared to its partners in bubbly-crime, Pinot Meunier benefits form the extra advantage of late-season ripening to retain bright, fresh acidity and mineral edge. This year's blend is 30% Pinot Meunier and 70% Pinot Noir, allowing for true rose petal shimmer, whilst underneath, faint star anise, cardamom, and bay leaf linger. Clean and long, delicate and nimble, the creaminess is accentuated with food...smoked pork rillettes, marmalade & toast.
Balance can invariably be found in the sparkling winemaking process, even in the warmer growing seasons such as 2009. Being Pinot Noir dominate, Knudsen Vineyard Brut has always been on the lusher end of the sparkling spectrum. The trick is to find the mineral backbone to carry it. As such, we made a few adjustments in our winemaking and blending to find that balance in 2009. To start with, the percentage of Pinot Noir is down to 75% and the Chardonnay is up to 25% from our traditional 80/20 split. Though 5% may seem like a small number, it's amazing what a little extra chardonnay can do for the wine's edginess. We also adjusted our fermentation regime, as the cuvée was fermented in 50% neutral oak and 50% stainless steel. The stainless component retains a freshness and vivacity, while the neutral oak barrels allow for rich, creamy texture. Violaceous, candied ginger, Jamaican allspice, and plum. Paying tribute to John Coltrane, this all leads to "rising harmonies to a level of blissful stability...” Enjoy.
Another stunning Argyle Blanc de Blancs! This young beauty is composed entirely of high elevation, Dijon clone Chardonnay from the always remarkable Knudsen Vineyard. Harvested on September 20th, these blocks were fermented entirely in neutral oak barrel to enhance creamy texture, while retaining abundant, fresh fruit flavor. Dry meadow blooms, poached apple, and roasted hazelnut orbit the delicate, finely-tuned mid palate. High-tension acidity and minerality throughout... the length is just plain sinful.
The 2009 Black Brut is rich and alive with juicy black cherry, black currant and the sweet acidity of summer Marionberries. The higher elevation Pinot Noir blocks of Stoller Vineyards grace the palate with distinct minerality and earthy richness that simply cannot be duplicated in other wine growing regions. Black Mulberry and tart Dewberry linger on the tongue long after the tickling effervescence subsides. This Black Brut ends with fine, silky texture that makes one crave another sip… and another.
Made from fuller-bodies Pinot Noir and fine-structured Chardonnay from Knudsen Vineyard, we excel in exceptional, single vineyard sparkling wines. A simply astounding [big!] bottle of our best bubbly. 92 pts. Wine Spectator and Wine Advocate
One-of-a-kind for American sparkling wine; 100% Argyle-grown Dijon Clone Chardonnay from a single block at the famed Knusden Vineyard. A beautiful balance of fruit-sweetness and exacting minerality. 91 pts. Wine Spectator, 91 pts. Wine Advocate
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