2020 Pét-Nat Pinot Noir
Pétillant Naturel (or "Pét-Nat") is a method of producing sparkling wine, also referred to as “Methode Ancestrale”, where the carbonation occurs from bottling the wine during the primary, alcoholic fermentation – in order to capture the carbon dioxide that is being naturally released. This sparkling rosé was made from all estate-grown, Demeter certified Biodynamic® Pinot Noir grapes.
We farm Block 3, a small northwest facing section of the vineyard planted to clone 667, specifically for this wine. We strive to achieve ripe fruit flavors and higher acidity, for a fresh and juicy expression of Pinot Noir. Historically, we have done a small amount of skin soak on a portion of the grapes to pick up color and tannin – but the 2020 vintage was a whole different animal. To achieve a pure expression of fruit and laser acidity, while working to mitigate any potential smoke impact that may have been lurking in the skins, we did a very light, whole cluster press of the grapes, then fermented the wine in a stainless steel tank.
Just prior to bottling, we blended 1 beautiful barrel of red Pinot Noir back into the wine to achieve our favorite rosé color palette. The wine was bottled at the tail end of its primary fermentation, where it then finished fermentation in bottle. This wine is unfiltered and contains lees – pour off slowly or invert to evenly distribute.