2016 CODORNÍU NAPA
Grand Reserve Brut Rosé
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Club Price $40.00
Continuing the grand tradition of Cavas Codorniu that dates back to 1872, this sparkling wine was produced using old world methods from our Estate fruit. This sparkling rose is highlighted by its juicy aromas of strawberry and cherry. Expanding with a fine mousse on the palate, the lush red berry flavors are followed by a hint of cream and spice. Enjoy this wine with Artesa's Spanish inspired Pintxos pairing, or on its own. ¡Salud!
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Varietal Composition: 94% Pinot Noir; 6% Chardonnay
Technical Data: ALC: 11.5% by vol.; TA: 5.6 g/L; pH: 3.44
Cooperage: 60% Stainless Steel; 40% Neutral French Oak
Produced using the labor-intensive process known as "methode champenoise" or the "traditional method," the breakdown for this wine comes from two of the allowed varieties in Champagne, Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. The primary fermentation occurred in 100% stainless steel, and 40% of the wine was racked to neutral French Oak after completion. Following the brief 6 months aging to preserve the wines pure fruit character, the wine was then blended and completed a process known as "tirage" where the secondary fermentation in bottle occurred. The wine was aged "en tirage" for 12 months 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 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 northern facing blocks allow the grapes to ripen fully while retaining their natural acidity. The gravelly soils 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.
Bud break arrived early this year, beginning around Valentines Day, and it was a cool and foggy season through August. We had no excessive heat in July, August or September, which provided for a longer hang time for the grapes. The grapes ripened uniformly and calmly at their own pace, yields were a tad higher, and the flavors are phenomenal.