Cruse Wine Company Sparkling Valdiguié Rancho Chimiles Napa Valley 2020
Valdiguié (Napa Gamay) from Terry Wilson’s Rancho Chimiles vineyard in Wooden Valley, Napa Valley AVA. A cooler region in south Napa, nestled against the Vacas mountains. Vines are 40+ years old. No tillage in the vineyard with a permanent cover crop on silt loam soils.
Farmed using sustainable and organic methods.
Whole clusters were allowed to go through carbonic maceration for a few days then the whole cluster pressed using the same slow steady cycle used for our traditional method sparkling wines. The wine was then fermented in a small stainless steel tank. Towards the end of the fermentation, the wine was bottled, stored, and then riddled, and disgorge. There is no dosage, but a small amount of sulfur was added at disgorging.
The wine is a clear, pale, watermelon pink. The nose is wildly effusive, with grape and candied strawberries, with the classic rose notes from this vineyard. The palate is intensely vinous, with a creamy mousse. 6 barsof pressure, 9.5% alcohol and 3.22 PH