2014 CODORNÍU NAPA
Grand Reserve Brut
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $36.00
Finesse and intensity define this lively wine which opens with enticing notes of pear, honeydew melon, peach, guava and apricot. Uplifiting citrus flavors and fine bubbles are wrapped in crisp acidity, yet the round, creamy mouth feel that comes from the wine's years of lees contact persists through a lingering finish.
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Varietal Composition: 52% Pinot Noir, 48% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 12.5% by vol.; TA: 7.7 G/L; pH: 3.21
Produced using the labor-intensive process known as methode champenoise or the traditional method, this vineyard designated sparkling wine comprises the two varietals most commonly found in Champagne: Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. After the primary fermentation was completed in stainless steel, 40% of the wine was then racked to neutral French oak barrels for aging. After the assemblage or blending of the wine, it undergoes a process known as tirage or secondary fermentation in bottle to capture the natural CO2 produced from fermentation. The wine rested en tirage for four years before disgorging.
The coolest appellation in Napa Valley, Carneros features the ideal climate for growing the varieties found in sparkling wines. During the growing season, temperatures are moderated by persistent morning fog, cool afternoon breezes and the adjoining San Pablo Bay. In a typical day the sun burns off fog by late morning and temperatures rise quickly, but at the same time hot air rising above the Central Valley is replaced by cool air funneling through the Petaluma Wind Gap off the Pacific Ocean. The combination of sunshine and cool temperatures results in a slow ripening process that produces grapes of great natural acidity ideal for sparkling wine varieties such as Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The grapes for this wine were grown in some of the finest vineyard blocks on our Estate Vineyard. These blocks allow the grapes to ripen fully while retaining their natural acidity. The gravelly soils here are markedly different than the shallow, heavy clay which prevails throughout Carneros. Our 20-year old vines produce aromatic, highly concentrated grapes which express their place of origin with a distinct minerality.
In the beginning of our growing season, the drought was a main concern. The 2013/2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California and rainfall totals in the Napa Valley were approximately half of normal. However, the timing of the late rains through February and April let our vineyard team relax a little as the vines received a much needed drink of water as they were emerging from dormancy and about to begin bud break. This rainfall recharged our soil and provided enough water to fill the reservoirs. Furthermore, the spring was warm allowing us to save water if needed for irrigation rather than using it for frost protection. As summer began, our vineyards already had full canopies and full clusters. Veraison, when the skins of the grapes change color, typically occurs in late July; but this year we saw the changing color occur much sooner. And finally, while the vines used for high-quality wine production generally dont need much water, a benefit of the drought is that berry sizes are typically smaller and have more concentrated flavors, which our winemaker believes contributes to the overall quality of this years harvest.