The 2021 Blanc de Blancs opens with delicate scents of white flower, golden apple and pineapple. The mouthfeel is crisp yet expansive, dazzling the palate with bright, luscious flavors of pear, green apple and lime zest. A quenching finish lingers with tangy acidity and impeccable effervescence.
The 2021 Blanc de Blancs is composed exclusively of Chardonnay from the 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard, which lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. With the Pacific Ocean just 10 miles away, the marine influence is forceful, yet solar exposure remains persistent—a providential combination that produces fruit with extraordinary dimension. The 2021 Blanc de Blanc comes specifically from Clone 4 at Block 5, which is located adjacent to the winery in the lower sheltered portion of the estate. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster expressive varietal character in our Chardonnay, while persistent Pacific breezes help maintain vibrant acidity right through full maturity.
Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi targeted select vineyard rows for sparkling wine treatment, picking the grapes early in the range of 19 degrees Brix to ensure a foundation of bright acidity with lower alcohol levels. The fruit was gently pressed and cold settled for three days, then racked and fermented with Perlage yeast for optimal sparkling wine character. The young still wine was bottled in the winter with the addition of the traditional liqueur de tirage, allowing for secondary bottle fermentation in the classic Méthode Champenoise fashion. The bottles were riddled for several weeks, then allowed to rest for another five months until disgorgement, dosage and bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
This elegant and energetic sparkling wine is perfect for appetizers such as brie puff pastry, smoked salmon crostini and baked ravioli, as well as fresh oysters and Caesar salad with chicken.