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Grapes for our Chenin Blanc are sourced from the Clarksburg appellation, referred to as the “Gem of the Delta.” It is an appellation that shows great affinity for Chenin Blanc. The climate has a moderately long growing season and benefits from the maritime influence of the Sacramento River. The Viognier is sourced from Lodi, which has a classic Mediterranean climate, with warm days and cool nights. Natural air-conditioning is provided by the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta breezes and produces grapes with natural acidity. Rhône varieties like Viognier adapt well to this exciting appellation. The sparkling wine was made using 100 percent Chenin Blanc for the base wine.
The Chenin Blanc grapes maintain high acidity throughout the growing season and were harvested at low sugar levels to ensure bright fruit character. The free run juice was fermented cold in 100 percent stainless steel to retain and highlight the fresh fruit typical in the still wine version, followed by the charmat (tank) method to complete the sparkling process. In contrast, the Viognier from Lodi was picked at 24° Brix to capture the floral and spicy nature as well as the viscosity. A small percentage of Viognier was added in the dosage to provide a pop of stone fruit along with floral and fresh aromas to the final blend.