This sparkling wine is 100% Pinot Noir and is made using the traditional Méthode Champenoise, which requires a secondary fermentation in bottle.
The Pinot Noir is first fermented as a normal still wine in a stainless-steel tank. Once the primary fermentation is complete, the secondary fermentation is accomplished by adding a mixture of sugar and yeast, called the liqueur de tirage, to the wine. The wine is then bottled and capped with a bottle cap similar to ones found on beer bottles. The yeast acts on the sugar and the resulting carbon dioxide remains trapped in the bottle and creates the bubbles. This bottle cap will not pop off as the pressure builds in the bottle from the fermentation.
Once the secondary fermentation is complete the necks of the bottles are frozen, the bottle cap and yeast residue removed, and a cork and cage are put in place. The result is a sparkling wine with fine, small bubbles and a rich, creamy texture.
The 2021 Brut Rosé is pale pink salmon with shadings of rose gold in color, this sparkling wine has a lovely and bright nose of white blossoms with a hint of watermelon candy. It displays raspberry, cranberry and hints of meyer-lemon with a creamy and pleasing dash of spice on the palate.
This is a very elegant wine that can be paired easily with seafood dishes, particularly pistachio-crusted scallops, as well as savory desserts like a pine nut tart with rosemary cream.
100% Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, Melon Barn Vineyard
Harvest date: August 18, 2021
Bottle size: 750 mL