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Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut

Sku: 032601

Mirabelle Brut is a unique blend of hand-harvested Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino county Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, picked at their optimal maturity from select, low-yielding vineyards. Throughout the growing season the grapes are constantly cooled by the breezes coming from the Pacific Ocean, which adds to the potpourri of flavours that unfold in the future.

During harvest, these premium grapes are carefully sorted and placed into small bins to reduce any possible damage. The grapes are then pressed to provide superior quality juice for the production of Mirabelle Brut. After the primary fermentation, the base wines are allowed to rest in our cool underground cellars. Between 20 to 30 percent of these wines are barrel aged for two to six years. The various still wines are then individually evaluated and carefully blended by our winemakers to undergo fermentation in the bottle. After bottle aging on the yeast for at least two years, Mirabelle Brut is ready to be enjoyed.

Tasting notes
Stylistically, Mirabelle Brut has an elegant, toasty aroma, which leads into crisp and complex flavors on the palate. It is impossible to mistake Mirabelle’s Northern California heritage - the freshness on the mid-palate continues through to the finish. Mirabelle Brut pairs well with fish and shellfish, light appetizers and pasta.

 Wine Advocate 89 points (Oct 2013)
The non-vintage Mirabelle Brut white is sourced from Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Marin County and is made from 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The blend of young and older wines gives it a creamy richness, with lots of ripe peach and honeyed brioche, backed up by a medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, pure, dry sparkling wine that offers well-defined, small bubbles. This is a beauty to drink over the next few years.
 Wine Spectator 88 points (Nov 30 2013)
Vibrantly crisp, with intriguingly mature accents of baked apple and cinnamon roll. An easygoing quaff. Drink now. 6,600 cases made. –TF

Technical notes
(55% Chardonnay/45% Pinot Noir). After bottle fermentation and about two years of aging en triage, subsequent trials determine the ideal dosage to finish this brut style

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