Brut Cuvée 'Santa Lucia Highlands', Caraccioli
In 2013 we began introducing our Estate Escolle Vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Small lots were chosen to highlight the blocks we felt were showing great expression. We integrated this fruit with our lots at Talbott and Hahn to complete our comprehensive blend of Brut Rosé. The sites we chose showcase the balance and acidity we look for in our sparkling wines.
All of our grapes are hand harvested into small totes, disallowing any premature crush to occur prior to press. All sparkling lots are processed in 4 ton press loads, which is optimal when using the Coquard PAI Gravity Press. We utilize extremely light whole cluster pressing and only take the rst 120 gallons/ton. The cuvée begins fermentation in 316 stainless steel tanks with 40% of the wines nishing the fermentation in neutral French Oak Barrels. The remaining 60% of the cuvée age in the same barrels, however the fermentation nished prior in stainless tanks. The total time on oak is approximately 2 months. The cuvée is then racked back to tank and we bottle the Brut Cuvée. The cuvée is then racked back to tank and we bottle the Brut Cuvée. The Brut Cuvée is then left to age sur lies for 4 years. Riddled and disgorged in house we age for an additional 23 months prior to release on cork.
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