2013 CODORNÍU NAPA
La Jefa Late Disgorged Sparkling Brut
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
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TASTING NOTES
Continuing the grand tradition of Cavas Codorniu, which dates back to 1872,
this sparkling wine was produced using old world methods, and taking benefit of
the incredible quality of the grapes farmed in our beloved Estate Vineyard, in
Los Carneros, Napa Valley. Ageing it on lees for 7 years, added layers of
complexity and secondary flavors, sure to make sipping this sparkling a truly
delectable experience. This Late Disgorged Brut displays beautiful, fragrant
aromas of pear, honeydew and apricot. Finesse and elegance define this lively
sparkling wine, which opens with enticing notes of pear, white peach, and
marzipan. Uplifting citrus notes and fine bubbles are wrapped in crisp acidity, yet
the round, creamy mouthfeel that comes from the wines 7 years of lees contact,
persisting through a lingering finish. Overtime, the sparkling wine will continue
to develop complexity. It is a winery exclusive.
218 cases produced


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WINEMAKING NOTES
Varietal Composition: 52% Pinot Noir, 48% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 11.5% by vol.; TA: 7.3 G/L; pH: 3.33

Produced using the labor-intensive process known as methode champenoise
or the traditional method, this vintage sparkling wine is comprised of 52%
Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir. The primary fermentation was completed in a
combination of stainless steel (60%) and neutral barrels (40%), for added
layers of complexity to the base wine. In April 2014, the wine was placed in
bottles along with a proprietary tirage to induce secondary fermentation. The
wine rested en tirage for 7 years and was disgorged in early 2021.
VINEYARD NOTES
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.
VINTAGE NOTES
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May (during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluding for us October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.

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