Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut NV, California

Mirabelle is Schramsberg’s multi-vintage brut sparkling wine. This young, bright bubbly, exhibits the crisp acidity and vibrant green apple that is characteristic of cool-climate Chardonnay. Pinot Noir adds body, mid-palate and further richness of fruit flavor. Mirabelle gains unique depth from blending additions of aged base wines, stored in barrels and tanks at the winery from prior vintages. These older lots add significant palate richness and aromatic complexity. All grapes for Mirabelle are grown in the cool-climate pockets of California’s North Coast, including Carneros, Anderson Valley, Sonoma Coast and Marin County. The fruit is hand-picked in the early morning hours at optimal maturity. Individual lot fermentaitons allow the winemakers to carefully select the components that make up the finished blend. After bottle fermentation and about 2 years of aging en tirage, subsequent trials determine the ideal dosage to finish this brut style. 61% Chardonnay, 39% Pinot Noir.