1988 CUVČE ROSÉ RESERVE
The grape source is Pasternak Vineyard located in western Marin County. The vineyard composition is sixty percent Pinot Noir and forty percent Chardonnay. Pasternak Vineyard is located on a set of steep, rolling coastal hills immediately adjacent to the Pacific Ocean. Dry farming and the rocky shale and limestone soil, result in yields of 1 to 1˝ tons per acre. The cold marine climate and extended growing season allow the fruit to reach full maturity, and the proper sugar/acid balance, essential for sparkling wine production.
Winemaking and Cellar Practices
The grapes were hand harvested and sorted, crushed and gently pressed. The juice was fermented for ten months in seasoned French oak barrels. The unfiltered cuvče was racked and bottled for secondary fermentation in July 1989. The cuvče was hand riddled, and disgorged in November 1997. The sparkling wine was finished without the addition of dosage (Brut Zero).
Pasternak Vineyard produces grapes of exceptional intensity, breed and refinement the perfect starting material for a sparkling wine of unusual complexity and character. The ability of the site to produce fruit which achieves full maturity in October, several months later than other regions used for sparkling wine production, ensures a wine of classical quality and balance. This natural equilibrium allows the wine to be finished without the addition of sugar, grape concentrate, etc. The flavors and bouquet are reminiscent of warm summer fruits, fresh croissants, sea salt and allspice. The special acidity required for the long-term development of sparkling wines adds additional structure and vitality to this Cuvče Rosé a coastal sunset captured in glass.
Notes: This sparkling wine is bottled in clear glass protect from light and extreme temperatures. Fluorescent light can cause undesirable flavor and aroma alterations. Do not remove the protective tissue wrapping from the bottle.