Pine Ridge Sparkling Wine NV

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Tasting Notes

Aromas of pear, white peach, honeysuckle and melon. On the palate this wine has a creamy mousse that gives elegance to its flavors: green melon, white flowers, Asian pear, and soft citrus. If you want a dry sparkling wine that is tasty and a bit different this is your choice! 

About the Wine

Pine Ridge Vineyards was founded as a Cabernet Sauvignon producer in the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. In 1995, founder Gary Andrus and team crafted an unusual and delectable blend as an experimental bottling made with Chenin Blanc and Vigonier. Today that still wine is one of the most famous wines made by Pine Ridge. With the success of that wine, they recently explored a sparkling wine made with the same grapes. This bottling is the first they have produced.

 

Grapes for our Chenin Blanc are sourced from the Clarksburg appellation. The climate has a moderately long growing season and benefits from the maritime influence of the Sacramento River. The Viognier is sourced from Lodi, which has a classic Mediterranean climate, with warm days and cool nights. Natural air-conditioning is provided by the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta breezes and produces grapes with natural acidity. The sparkling wine was made using 100 percent Chenin Blanc for the base wine. A small percentage of Viognier was added in the dosage to provide a pop of stone fruit along with floral and fresh aromas to the final blend.

 

The Chenin Blanc grapes maintain high acidity throughout the growing season and were harvested at low sugar levels to ensure bright fruit character. The free run juice was fermented cold in 100 percent stainless steel to retain and highlight the fresh fruit typical in the still wine version, followed by the charmat (tank) method to complete the sparkling process. In contrast, the Viognier from Lodi was picked at 24° Brix to capture the floral and spicy nature as well as the viscosity.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Cheese, Dessert (fruit), Fish (white), Just for Cocktailing, Perfect Aperitif , Shellfish

Color/Type:
Sparkling
Origin:
California
Grape Varietal:
96% Chenin Blanc, 4% Viognier
Price:
$18.00 each
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