2008 Drake Estate Vineyard Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Wine

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2008-2018 OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW
Russian River Valley Drake Estate Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $ Past Release

Winemakers Notes

This sparkling wine exhibits a great combination of finesse and complexity as it opens up with a mild bread dough bouquet, with hints of mineral, Meyer lemon and […]

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Technical Notes

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Winemakers Notes

This sparkling wine exhibits a great combination of finesse and complexity as it opens up with a mild bread dough bouquet, with hints of mineral, Meyer lemon and toasted almonds. These delicate aromas are attributed to the 4+ years of tirage in our cool ageing rooms. Your palate is greeted by brisk, lively flavors of toasted nuts, citrus, green apples and savory mineral. The texture is rich and honeyed, yet sleek and focused. A very linear wine with focused acidity and layered complexity. A wonderful accompaniment to fresh oysters, seafood crudo or sushi. A wine that can be enjoyed now through 2017.

Harvest Notes

2008 provided very concentrated, flavorful and high quality wines that are vividly expressive of the vineyards in which they were grown, despite being a difficult year for growing. The combination of numerous springtime frosts and cold rains damaged our buds and clusters, thus resulting in a lighter than average year. During the summer, the vines encountered near-perfect fruit ripening weather characterized by warm and sunny days with exceptionally few heat spikes. Very warm August temperatures quickened ripening, beginning a fast and furious harvest. The decreased yields resulted in very concentrated and extremely high quality wines, with brilliant flavor and phenolic ripening. The wines of 2008 express their distinctive sites and qualities in a very intense and focused manner: this is truly a vintage for the cellars, with great ageing potential for years to come.

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