2016 Sparkling Brut
Once again Mother Nature has provided Sonoma County another vintage year for growers and winemakers. 2016 was by many measures an exceptional year to grow grapes. The season started early as did the previous year. The crop was slightly larger than 2015 but excellent quality. It was an early harvest season, beginning mid-August and finishing up by the end of September, another record year here at Trione Vineyards and Winery.
The grapes were hand harvested from our Russian River Valley Ranch. The grapes were pressed gently using a champagne pressing regime at the winery. The wine was tank fermented cool at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. After approximately two months in the tank the wine was barreled down to neutral French oak barrels. The wine rested in barrels for 10 months at which time we took the wine out of barrels and bottled it with enough sugar and yeast to ensure the right level of bubbles. The wine sat en tirage for 18 months; this is the time where the magic in sparkling wine happens. The yeast fermented the added sugar to give the wine life and bubbles but also the complexity in the finish, texture, and aroma. We disgorged this wine in late November of 2019.
Crisp pear, lemon rind, and toasted hazelnut fill the nose at first impression. The wine is light with tiny, bright bubbles, with a nice mousse. Notes of lemon curds and meringue coupled with cinnamon and fresh baked bread linger on the palate. This wine pairs nicely with cheese and charcuterie, salads, and desserts of all kinds. Cheers!