Bell Blanc de Noirs, Sonoma County
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A blend of 45% Pinot noir, 42% Chardonnay and 13% Pinot Meunier, our Blanc de Noirs is made from fruit grown in chilly Sonoma County, using the traditional French method.

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Bell Blanc de Noirs, Sonoma County

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Sonoma County’s endless rock strewn beaches are the open door to chilly breezes off the Pacific, creating the signature cool climate growing conditions for the region, contributing finesse, elegance and grace to the final wines. This stunning sparkling wine is made from two of the three traditional grapes used in the Champagne region of France, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir (45%) adds texture, body and aromas to the blend, and the Chardonnay (42%) and Pinot Meunier (13%) bring a bright, refreshing edge.

Vinification
Champagne along with Port, is one of the most complicated wines to make. Not only are the steps involved numerous and demanding, the winemaker must also see into the future what the still wine will taste like after the second fermentation and bottling. One must be extra careful in the handling of these grapes, especially black grapes like Pinot Noir. The Pinot Noir must be pressed quickly and gently so as to not extract any color or tannin. Each lot of grapes is vinified separately so one can extract the unique attributes of each wine and blend them together at the end.  This sparkling wine is produced in the traditional Champagne method which entails adding a dosage sugar, yeast, and wine to start the second fermentation in the bottle, followed by time-consuming hand or machine riddling to separate the yeast following fermentation. The traditional method creates small, tight, delicate bubbles and an added complexity to the wine.

Tasting Notes
This fresh and lovely sparkler is perfect as an aperitif to start any dining experience or perfect on its own. Sparkling wine pairs with simply everything, no matter what or when the occasion. The wine opens with an inviting nose of apple, pear and lemon crème cookie. The palate is delicate, refined and balanced with a toasted brioche character. Beautiful acidity from this cool growing regions carry the baked apple and ginger spice notes across the palate, readying your taste buds for food. Our Blanc de Noirs is finished in the dry style.

 

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