Nose

The 2012 Blanc de Blancs welcomes you with aromas of apple blossom, pear and Meyer lemon.

Palate

The vibrant mousse and balanced acidity perfectly complement the marriage of citrus and apple flavors, leading to a long and elegant finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 Blanc de Blancs Reserve was crafted from 100% Chardonnay. It achieves Reserve status by additional time in tirage, adding to a rich and creamy palate. Mother Nature delivered an abundant crop in 2012, and the wines nearly made themselves, only needing the gentlest of coaxing to bring out the complex nuances from each vineyard lot. The base blend for this wine was made from three vineyards in Napa Valley

Winemaking

The grapes are hand-harvested in the cool morning hours to ensure they arrive at the winery in pristine condition. The individual vineyard lots are fermented separately at cool temperatures in small stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness and fruit intensity.

Aging

A few selected lots (~10%) are aged in French Oak barrels to add depth, complexity, and spiciness to the final blend. This wine is aged on yeast almost 4 years, contributing a rich and creamy finish.