Bell Blanc de Noirs, North Coast | Item No. 2094
Bell Blanc de Noirs, North Coast | Item No. 2094

Bell Blanc de Noirs, North Coast
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A blend of 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay, our Blanc de Noirs is made from fruit grown in cool North Coast, using the traditional French method.

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Bell Blanc de Noirs, North Coast

Vineyards
This stunning North Coast appellation sparkling wine is made from two of the three traditional grapes used in the Champagne region of France, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Pinot Noir (58%) hails from Carneros which is the coolest appellation in the Napa Valley. Pinot Noir adds texture, body and aromas to the blend. Chardonnay (42%) from the Mendocino region, which is known for producing great wine for sparkling due to the cool climatic conditions from the coast, contributes finesse, elegance and grace to the blend. The tradition in Champagne is to blend grapes from different growing conditions and build the complexity of the wine. 

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.

Vintage Notes
 Our non-vintage sparkling wine was disgorged in the summer of 2011 with the majority of the wine grown in the 2010 growing season.  The 2010 vintage was characterized by cooler than normal growing conditions resulting in a later than usual start of the harvest. Rainfall returned in 2010 after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was fortunately no frost damage in 2010. Veraison was two to three weeks later than usual, and the cool weather continued during the summer. A two-day heat spike in late August (the only one of the season!) caused some sunburn damage, especially in vineyards where aggressive leaf removal had recently been undertaken in anticipation of a late, wet harvest.   Fortunately the long, cool growing season delivered grapes with excellent fruit and acidity.

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

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