On the palate, it is an explosion of white and red berry flavors, with creamy layers of fresh fig, white cherry, and vanilla beans, underlined by a refreshing acidity. Biscuit, toast and nutty flavors dominate the long lasting finish.
This tête de cuvée honors the visionary work of Guy Devaux. The winemaking team is given “carte blanche” every year in crafting this special release, using a variety of techniques to harness the strength, power and balance of carefully selected wine lots. The result is a powerful, elegant cuvée that represents one of Napa Valley’s finest sparkling wines.
The perfectly ripened fruit was hand picked during the cool hours of the night and early morning, and delivered as whole clusters to the winery. The berries were slowly de-juiced at low pressure with four press fractions kept separate. Low temperature primary fermentation – mostly in stainless steel tanks – enhanced fruit tones and preserved freshness. Individual lots were kept separate during initial fermentation to fully express the vineyards’ individual strengths and subtleties. Twenty-five percent of the wine volume was barrel fermented and aged to add depth and spiciness.
The blend was aged on the yeast five and a half years in the bottle after secondary bottle fermentation, adding creaminess, soft notes and flavors of biscuit, bread dough, honeysuckle and mocha. The wine was disgorged as a brut style and aged another six months on the cork before release
In appearance, the wine has a brilliant golden yellow color, with a mesmerizing stream of tiny bubbles rising to a persistent crown of white mousse.
Perfect on its own as an evening starter, it is also a perfect match to a wide selection of foods, from wild mushroom risotto to roasted duck or densely flavored game dishes.