2012 Tognetti Vineyard (1 X 750 ML)

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The 2012 Tognetti Vineyard Brut is only our second sparkling wine focused specifically on this outstanding Chardonnay vineyard.This was a spectacular grapegrowing season in the Carneros AVA. Lower than normal frost incidents in the early spring, well timed rainfall in the late spring, and lower than normal heat spikes during the summer, all combined to provide large quantities of delicious fruit.

Jack Tognetti’s Chardonnay Vineyards are located on the north side of Bayview Avenue, in the southern end of the Napa Carneros AVA. The dark loamy soils along the Carneros Creek are just north of the San Pablo Bay watershed, providing the vines with a surplus of nutrients and water with which to grow. Intense flavors and gripping acidic structure are found in the grapes that are harvested from these vineyards. We have enjoyed working with the Tognetti family since the mid-1990’s, consistently blending lots produced from their vineyards into our top Chardonnay-based Tête de Cuvée: J. Schram.

With 42 months of contact on the yeast following the second fermentation, this wine has developed a caramelized and toasty richness that enhances the bright fruit on the palate. We are very proud to have the opportunity to highlight the Tognetti Vineyard in this rare bottling.

Tasting notes

The 2012 Tognetti expresses generous aromas of roast apples, orange, brioche, and honey, which gradually layers with fragrances of pastry creme and kumquat. A crisp entry on the palate is followed with mouthwatering length. Lush flavors coat the palate with graham cracker, pear, baked pinapple and a hint of meyer lemon.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies


94 Points
This pretty, floral wine made entirely from Chardonnay grapes from this site is both creamy and crisp. It offers impressive length, acidity and stoniness, accenting its focused green apple flavor. As it opens, it takes on a richer honey like tone that adds further complexity and deliciousness.- Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide (July 2017)
92 Points
Sparkling rich and luxurious, with fresh ginger and apple tart aromas and alluring lemon and roasted almond flavors. Drink now.- Wine Spectator (July 2017)