Sante Sparkling Wine
Blanc de Noirs (white from black) is the flip side toBlanc de Blancs (white from white). Made with a large percentage of red grapes Pinot Noir and a small percent of Pinot Meunier, this is a complex, medium-bodied, brut sparkling wine.
To produce a complex Blanc de Noirs, the key is sourcing from multiple cool-climate vineyards. Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley contributes structure, color, with a breadth of fruitful aroma and flavor. Old vine chardonnay from the Sebastopol Hills area of the Russian River Valley gives zest and backbone to the blend. Pinot Meunier, again from Anderson Valley contributes a youthful vibrancy and adds to the wine’s acidity.
19 months triage
Chardonnay: Barrel Pinot noir/Meunier: Tank
February 2. 2014
Complex aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, apple, cherry with an underlying yeastiness.
A light rose in color this wines shows a rich palate of lemon, pear, and cherry, finishing with black currant, toasted almond, and honey.
Making white wine from red grapes requires great care and attention. Picking at the optimal moment is always key. Grapes for sparkling wine is picked earlier them grapes for still wine to maintain the fruit’s natural acidity. Early morning, hand harvesting helps maintain the integrity of the cluster, limiting juice maceration. A soft press helps minimize tannins while extracting maximum flavor. Barrel fermentation is key enhancing richness and body.
Food Pairing Notes
Our Blanc de Noirs is well suited for serving on its own or with any number of foods including so, nutty cheeses, almond crusted halibut, pork tenderloin, chocolate deserts, and of course the traditional strawberries and cream.