Bell Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley
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Bell Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley
Bell Blanc de Blancs, Napa Valley

100% Chardonnay, our Blanc de Blanc is made from fruit grown in Napa Valley using the traditional French method.

$42.00club price: $35.70
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Vineyards

This stunning Napa Valley appellation sparkling wine is made of 100% Chardonnay. The Napa Valley region is known for producing great wine for sparkling due to the cool climatic influence from the San Pablo Bay and ideal dry Mediterranean climate. Our Blanc de Blancs is produced from a single Napa Valley vineyard and shows complexity, finesse, elegance and grace in the bottle.  

 

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. This sparkling wine is produced in the traditional method in France 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 is a blend wine disgorged in the summer of 2019 with the majority of the wine grown in the 2017 growing season.  2017 brought drenching rains, easing drought concerns throughout northern California. Spring was wet and cold, slowing bud-break to mid-March. Following a slow-growth pattern of spring, June surprised us with hail, then turned up the heat - temps hovered in the 90s as the first of many sustained heat spells. Some growers felt these early waves acclimated the vines for the blazing days of September’s record heat - 115 was recorded in Rutherford.  Fortunately, several cooler swings of temperatures followed the extreme heat, allowing fruit to hang and continue ripening through September’s end and into October.  To cap the season, the recent October fires encircling Napa delayed the completion of harvest.  2017 will be very memorable indeed, beginning with a flood and ending in flames.