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2015 Piedra Libre Vineyards Sonoma Coast Brut (1 x 750 ml)
The Piedra Libre Vineyards are centered approximately 45 miles north of San Francisco and 8 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, sitting among the forests of the rolling hills between Sebastopol and Bodega Bay. Located between 250 and 500 feet above sea level, the vineyards are planted in Goldridge sandy loam soil, a fine grain soil with little fertility, which gives the grower full control of nutrients and minerals provided to the vine. The site enjoys morning fog and partial sunny days. This, along with the cool ocean breeze, moderates the temperature and allows the fruit to mature steadily throughout the growing season.
The 2015 year delivered California vintners a stellar vintage. A mild winter led to an early bud break, followed by a protracted bloom during an unseasonably cool spring, which contributed to small grape clusters and light crop size. A steady and moderate weather pattern during ripening allowed for gradual maturity within the grapes and exceptional quality upon harvest.
With almost four years of aging en tirage, this vibrant and complex wine combines a rich texture with excellent drive on the palate. This bright, crisp sparkler will age beautifully, evolving for 20+ years to come with attractive caramelized, nutty and toasted flavor attributes.
The 2015 Piedra Libre Vineyards Sonoma Coast Brut has rich aromas of white peach, pear, apple crumble and grilled orange. The flavors are equally generous with a mix of candied pineapple, apricot, mango, ginger and honey. The juicy mid-palate of strawberry, nectarine and peach cobbler is followed by a bright acidity on the finish.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Persuasively, if not forcefully, suggesting strawberries, cherries and a hint of ripe pears on the nose with a somewhat subdued background of yeast, this dry, firmly balanced bottling summons a good sense of fruit throughout that successfully works to keep its slightly hard and acidy edges at bay. Brisk and very lively from initial sip to finish, it very capably fills the need as a bubbly perfectly suited to sipping with a wide range of finger foods and will start off the evening in fine fashion.- Connoisseurs' Guide (December 2020)