2000 Brut Napa Valley Carneros Late Disgorged (1 x 750 ml)

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Late-disgorged wines, popularly known with fans as LDs, are crown jewels in our sparkling wine portfolio. An LD is created when we delay disgorging a selection of bottles, for extended aging on the yeast lees, in our historic Diamond Mountain caves. The 2000 Brut Napa Valley is being released as a late disgorged wine after having aged slowly for over 19 years en tirage. This sparkling wine has gracefully developed exquisite richness, depth and complexity. It displays savory, nutty and seasoned attributes, along with a caramelized, dense fruitfulness and creaminess associated with its ultra-fine bubbles. With only 52 cases being released, our winemaking team is very excited to release this rare sparkling wine.

The 2000 Brut Napa represents a snapshot of our flourishing relationships in the Napa Carneros AVA starting in the late 1990s. Bayview Avenue is one of our prized pockets in the Napa Carneros AVA. The dark loamy soils along the Carneros Creek provide the vines with a surplus of nutrients and water. Lying 5-10 miles inland from the cool San Pablo Bay, Carneros welcomes cool temperatures and a slow cloud burn-off throughout the growing season. These climatic conditions allow for excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. We have been purchasing fruit from Tognetti Vineyards in the Napa Valley Carneros since 1998 and have since worked with the family to replant the property with three distinct clones of Chardonnay. Casting our gaze across the street is the Jones Vineyard, where we have sourced Pinot Noir since 2000. The vibrant acid structure, bright flavors and complex minerality are common characteristics of the grapes that grow from this vineyard. Travelling a short distance west to the top of the hill, we find the Richburg Vineyard with its good drainage, allowing clusters of Pinot Noir to ripen early, so it tends to be the grape we pick first every year. Since 1995, The Hyde Vineyard planted in Carneros at the base of the Mayacamas foothills provides another dimension of Pinot Noir in our program. Vibrant acidity remains at the core, yet darker flavors also resonate.

The 2000 vintage began with a mild spring paving the way for a long, uneventful growing season. These moderate conditions produced fruit of exceptional quality. Cool and foggy weather in June and July set the course for harvest to begin in mid-August, allowing some of the coolest vineyard sources to mature into late September.

Tasting notes

This late disgorged Napa Valley Carneros Brut features aromas of baked orange, brûléed peaches, apple and grilled pineapple, layered with elements of wheat toast, hazelnut and cocoa. The palate has complex, gentle effervescence and a generous mix of glazed grapefruit, baked pear, honey and citrus. Touches of maple bar and chocolate complete the rich and decadent long finish.- Winemakers Keith Hock and Hugh Davies


96 Points
This is a blend of 55%, Chardonnay and 45%, Pinot Noir, slightly barrel
fermented and given time in bottle to evolve. Darkgold in color, it is nutty and tastes of Christmas spice, potpourri and peanut brittle, with the Mayer lemon and tangerine-flavored acidity high toned and a good contrast to the beginning hints of oxidation.
- Wine Enthusiast (May 2021)