2012 Blanc de Noir
The success of the first Inman Family sparkling wine from our Olivet Grange Vineyard (OGV) estate in 2009, a Brut Rosé Nature, led me to produce not only a Brut Rosé in 2012, but also a Blanc de Noir. The 2012 the OGV Estate was picked twice for sparkling: first for the Blanc de Noir and then a week later for the Brut Rosé. Whole clusters were put in a bladder press and the free run juice was captured for the cuvee. Two press fractions, or tailles, were then taken and all three portions were fermented separately. The same happened with the pick one week later, but when the base wines had finished fermenting, the four tailles fractions were used in creating the two distinct blends before the wine went en tirage. After nearly three years of bottle aging on yeast, 266 cases were disgorged October 26th, 2015. No dosage was added.
Single vineyard, single vintage sparkling wines are unusual in California. My goal was to make a grower Champagne-style wine from my organically farmed estate vineyard. This small lot of elegant, food friendly méthode champenoise is 100% Pinot Noir. The wine has a very fine bead, almost no color just the palest hay-colored tint, and wonderful aromas of caramelized apple crumble on the nose, and on the palate, green apple which moves towards lemon meringue pie and then finishes with seashells and a chalky minerality: a clean, crisp palate impression. The acidity is very bright and creates a pleasing structure for this linear, focused wine.