This Austrian variety has been grown by Dale Ricci, a longtime family friend, for about 25 years. Ricci vineyards is on the Sonoma half of Carneros and only a few miles from the San Pablo Bay. It’s typical Carneros soil, Haire clay loam, with the cool fog and winds that define the region.
The fruit was hand harvested and gently pressed using a slow, sparkling press cycle. After racking to a small stainless steel tank, it was allowed to ferment spontaneously then bottled while still slightly sweet. The wine was then riddled and disgorged following a 5 month tirage storage. It is a blanc de noirs.
On the nose the wine is clean, fruity, and yeasty. Intensely effervescent, it is an easily quaffable wine with its crystalline simplicity. It is bottled without additions of any kind and is pure, fermented grape juice. The most fun of our sparkling wines, this wine is waiting for the summer and a warm porch.