Michel-Schlumberger extra dry sparkling wine is crafted from grapes grown at our Benchland Estate Vineyard in Sonoma County. This sparkling wine was produced by inducing in-bottle secondary fermentation and a minimum of 12 months of aging using the traditional methode champenoise to create the tiny bubbles and complex flavors. It will continue to develop as it ages.
Pairs lovely with chilled watermelon and strawberry skewers, assorted macaroons, and cake.
These grapes were picked in the 2015 vintage. Moderate summer and fall temperatures allowed the grapes to retain bright fruit flavors.
Harvest: Average brix: 19.3
Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain the fruit flavors. No malo-lactic fermentation. After fermentation, the wine was settled then blended into this cuvée.
Cooperage / Aging: The cuvée was bottled with a dosage of special sparkling wine yeast and allowed to ferment in the bottle. Aged for 12 months “on the yeast” in the bottle, the wine develops the classic rich texture and refined “sparkle” that comes from this “Methode Champenoise” technique.
Disgorging Date: March 27, 2017
Production: 200 Cases
Color: Pale strawberry
Aromas: Delicate aromas of essence of raspberry and honeysuckle
Palate: Round and creamy, with fresh berry flavors and well-balanced crispness.
Wine Type: Estate Sparkling
Varietal: 68% Pinot Noir, 32% Pinot Blanc
Appellation: Estate - Dry Creek Valley
Acid: 0.54 g/100ml
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