Rancho Chimiles Sparkling Valdiguié 2020
Cruse Wine Company
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Napa County
Wine Type Pétillant Naturel - Sparkling
Vineyard Terry Wilson's Rancho Chimiles vineyard in Wooden Valley. 70 acres of vineyard are planted at Rancho Chimiles, about 1/3 at 600 feet elevation and 2/3 at 900 to 1,000 feet. Terry and his wife Lyn have been farming the vineyard since 1972. At that time, 10 acres of Napa Gamay were planted on St. George rootstock in a former pear orchard.
Soil Silt loam.
Viticulture All vineyard work is done by hand. Yields are small and only sustainable methods are used. No tillage in the vineyard with a permanent cover crop on silt loam soils
Vinification Whole clusters were allowed to go through carbonic maceration for a few days then the whole cluster pressed using the same slow steady cycle used for the traditional method sparkling wines. The wine was then fermented in a small stainless steel tank. Towards the end of the fermentation, the wine was bottled, stored, and then riddled, and disgorged. There is no dosage, but a small amount of sulfur was added at disgorging.
Production 7,500 bottles produced
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