WINERMAKER NOTESThe Pinot Noir grapes were grown in our Sonoma Stage Vineyard in the Petaluma Gap appellation and harvested by hand on August 19, 2020. The grapes were whole cluster pressed using a gentle Champagne press cycle, the juice was then cold settled and 75% was cool fermented in stainless steel tank while 25% was sent to barrel for a native fermentation. After primary fermentation, the wine was filtered and prepared for “tirage”, meaning it was blended with a mixture of sugar and yeast, then sent to bottle for secondary fermentation (to develop those tiny bubbles!) Each bottle was carefully moved to riddling racks, and slowly and carefully turned 25 times over 8 weeks to clarify the wine and prepare it for disgorgement and corking. To disgorge, the neck of the bottle is frozen, which traps the yeast sediment, then the bottle is opened, and the pressure shoots the frozen yeast out. A “dosage” of sugar and wine is added to each bottle. And voila…. we made a Blanc de Noirs to celebrate and enjoy.