2019 Sparkling Passetoutgrain
We’d like to introduce you to our 2019 Sparkling California Passetoutgrain. It’s a new take on an old classic. Passetoutgrain is a wine from Burgundy that’s made of Gamay and Pinot Noir. We tweaked that recipe to include Valdiguie (FKA Napa Gamay) from the Ricetti Vineyard and Pinot Noir from the Enz Vineyard. The result tastes like juicy cherry, red apple, and blackberry. Think classy Lambrusco with the bubbles of a traditional method sparkler. Unfussy and absolutely delicious. It’s our new favorite for river trips and porch hangs.
VINEYARD: 77% Valdiguié from Ricetti Vineyard (Redwood Valley), 23% Pinot Noir from Enz Vineyard (Lime Kiln Valley)
WINEMAKING: One of our more creative sparklers, this is a blend of Valdiguié (formerly thought to be Gamay) from Redwood Valley and Pinot Noir from Enz Vineyard in Lime Kiln AVA. The Valdiguié (77% of the blend) was whole-cluster pressed while the Pinot Noir (23%) was made as a traditional red wine. Both aged in neutral French oak before being racked to stainless and blended. Bottled with 23 g/l liqueur de tirage. No dosage. We produced 7 barrels.
WHAT’S IN A NAME: Stranger than Paradise is directed by one of our favorite directors: Jim Jarmusch. His style of filmmaking is something Josh tries to emulate in his approach to winemaking. You don’t always know where the film is going, but each step of the way there is comfort and familiarity.