The aroma profile is a stimulating blend of honeysuckle, ginger, Bing cherry and plum tones.
The ripe fruit flavors explode on the palate with rich layers of fresh fig, vanilla and honeysuckle, wrapped in a round and creamy texture, and underlined by a crisp and refreshing acidity. The aging brought out vibrant nuances of biscuits, hazelnuts, nutmeg and vanilla beans and increased depth and complexity on the finish.
Santana Brut represents a collaboration between Mumm Napa and famed rock guitarist Carlos Santana, where a portion of the proceeds benefit the Milagro foundation (milagrofoundation.org), a publicly supported foundation established by Carlos Santana and his family in 1998. Napa Valley vineyard lots had been carefully selected for their flavor intensity and aging potential in the bottle, as this wine was aged for 48 months on the lees before disgorging. Currently unavailable.
The individually selected lots were kept separate during initial fermentation to highlight their vineyard differences and make the most of their specific strengths, for a final blend of finesse, power and harmony. The wine was disgorged after 48 months of yeast aging, adding complexity, subtle bread dough flavors and creaminess, with a proprietary dosage hand-selected by Carlos Santana and winemaker Ludovic Dervin to achieve the desired Brut style.
Perfect on its own as an evening starter, this wine will also pair nicely with a wide selection of foods such as wild mushroom risotto, roasted duck, or densely flavored game game dishes.