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66% Grenache Blanc, 34% Roussanne 

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55% Grenache Blanc, 45% Roussanne

Since 2003, we’ve produced this blend of grenache blanc and roussanne derived from a single vineyard source, the Beeswax Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County. Farmed organically, surrounded by wilderness, and shielded from the cool Pacific Coast winds by the Santa Lucia Mountains, Beeswax Vineyard grows complex, concentrated and mineral intensive grapes from deeply rooted vines.

 

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This is the sixth iteration of Le Cigare Blanc Réserve, and we continue to learn more about the mysteries of élevage in glass demijohn. This wine is the same blend as our standard issue Cigare Blanc, apart from the fact that we’ve allowed it to undergo malolactic fermentation, and at that point, we gave it a light SO2 addition, racked it to glass demijohn (bonbonne), where it reposed for a year and a half, getting anaerobically stirred more or less fortnightly.

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Grenache Blanc is a sun-loving grape, well adapted to the dry, bright Central Coast climat, capable of making remarkably expressive wines. Our Grenache Blanc is particularly well-suited to gastronomy; a heady nose of wintergreen, hazelnut and pineapple salsa, and a rich but crisply elegant palate, fiendishly felicitous with cream or butter-based sauces. We are dedicated to producing wines with a particular emphasis on the expression of terroir, or unique sense of place, and encourage farming practices that restore life and vitality to the soil and respect the farm as a complex and self-sustaining organism.

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This wine is a reprise of a wine that we produced back in 2006 from the Ca’ del Solo Vineyard in Soledad, but in this instance, we’ve substituted the brilliant very old vine (ungrafted) Riesling fruit from our friend, Pat Wirz, in the Cienega Valley of San Benito County.  Pat’s Riesling fruit was a major component of the Pacific Rim bottlings that we did for many years.  Its hallmark characteristic is the distinctive lemony quality it reliably imparts.  Pat farms organically and without irrigation, so there is a preternatural level of intensity to his fruit and a searing acidity - just perfecto for sparkling wine.  We whole-cluster pressed the grapes very gently and after sixteen months en tirage bottled the wine Nature, which is to say with no additional dosage. The Germans call this style of wine Sekt, a largely and tragically unknown category to most.  We can’t really say this publicly but Riesling to Live will definitely promote Sektual healing, pace Marvin Gaye.

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