2008 Drake Estate Vineyard Blanc de Noir Sparkling Wine

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2008-2015 OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW
Russian River Valley Drake Estate Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $ Past Release

Winemakers Notes

Complex aromas of kirsch, quince, and lemon curd are counterpointed by a top note of gardenia and give way to elements of biscotti and lightly toasted almonds. A touch of […]

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Technical Notes

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Winemakers Notes

Complex aromas of kirsch, quince, and lemon curd are counterpointed by a top note of gardenia and give way to elements of biscotti and lightly toasted almonds. A touch of yeastiness illustrates the benefit of a 3 year tirage, though does not overwhelm the delicate floral and pome fruit scents. To the mouth, this sparkler showcases the attributes of a traditional Blanc de Noir; round mouthfeel, chewy texture and sleek acidity. Fine bubbles lift the palate with flavors of fresh strawberries, Montmorency cherries and Meyer lemon, while the restrained dosage balances the lively, crisp acidity. A seriously complex wine that can be enjoyed as an aperitif or paired with lobster or other seafood. Overall this sparkling wine serves as a fine example of the Blanc de Noir style that will be sure to please in the coming years. Drink now through 2015.

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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