Composition: 100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Clone: Swan clone Pinot Noir
RS: 5 g/L (Extra Brut)
Production: 55 cases
About this wine: Lightly sparkling, fermented dry; the color is a soft, pale pink. Flavors of strawberries, pear and watermelon. Light-bodied with a floral finish. Serve chilled.
On August 15, 2021 we harvested one ton of Pinot Noir from our Estate Pinot Noir vineyard. The grape clusters were firm with sugar levels at 19.5 brix and acidity levels 3.25 -- great numbers for sparkling wine!
Upon delivery to the winery, the grapes were pressed whole cluster. The juice settled for a 48 hour cold soak before being racked and inoculated to begin a 12 day fermentation in tank. On August 30th, while the wine was actively fermenting, we bottled and crown capped. Over the next 7 months, the wine rested in bottle, neck down, to finish fermentation, separate from the sediment (lees), and develop flavors.
On March 24, 2022, we disgorged the Pét Nat, removing the sediment from the bottle before topping and recapping. The wine rested in bottle for an additional month before being labeled and released.
A true labor of love...we hope you enjoy!
HOW IS PÉT NAT DIFFERENT FROM CHAMPAGNE?
Champagne starts with finished wine, to which a measured amount of sugar and yeast is added, forcing the wine into a secondary fermentation.
When you open a Pét Nat, on the other hand, you’re drinking something unforced, with about half the pressure of Champagne. Pét Nat is carbonated naturally in the primary fermentation process, and never goes through a secondary fermentation process. The grapes go from vine to bottle very quickly, which means most of the wine work happens naturally in the bottle. Pét Nat winemakers have to trust their fruit and their process, because there is little opportunity for intervention.
This is an unfiltered, unsulfured natural wine. A hazy appearance and a bit of sediment is part of the magic.
WHAT'S THE BEST WAY TO ENJOY THIS WINE?
Its refreshing and spontaneous style is just the thing for summer. Pét Nats are intended to drink young; enjoy now while the wine is young and vibrant. Before consumption, chill the bottle overnight in the fridge or upright in an ice bucket for at least 30 minutes. The cold will keep the sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a useful tip for drinkers of any naturally hazy wine!
WHAT'S THE STORY BEHIND THE LABEL?
Growing up Elise has always known her Dad to do two things at the ranch: Grow grapes and collect/restore antique pinball and slot machines. Elise made the decision to use pinball pop art for the Pét Nat labels and each vintage of Pét Nat pays homage to a different piece of pinball art from her Dad's collection.
Club Member Price:
Club Member Case Price (12 bottles): $387.60
Retail Price: $38.00
Case Price (12 bottles): $456.00
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