2017 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Roussanne Extra Brut

2017 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Roussanne Extra Brut
2017 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Roussanne Extra Brut

We love sparkling wines but have made a vow not to make a chardonnay (there is enough chardonnay in the world).  Therefore, following our experimental bent, we started making a sparkling Roussanne in 2012 from Olsen Ranch Vineyard. 

100% Roussanne ● Olsen Ranch Vineyard ● Méthode Champenoise
Washington’s most Unique White Wine!

Tasting notes

After a satisfying pop, you will notice the tiny bubbles and note the pale gold hue tinged with light green.  Tiny little bubbles make for a lovely mousse.  The first aromas out of the glass include lemon, tangerine, and mango rind with hints of toasted bread and crème brûlée.  The mouthfeel is very clean and fruity with just a touch of creamy texture.  However, the wine is driven by the acidity.  Lots of tropical fruits do the samba with the lovely little bubbles from the Méthode Champenoise.  There is brilliant acidity and texture in the midpallet.

Production notes

The Roussanne at Olsen Ranch was hand harvested on September 6th. The harvest crew at Olsen hand selected Roussanne clusters that were shaded by leaves and received little sunlight.  The goal with Sparkling wines is to pick grapes very under ripe with copious amounts of acidity.  Bubbles magnify flavors in the resulting wine ten fold so we do not want ripe flavors or low acidity than might overwhelm the flavors in the resulting Sparkling Wine.

We immediately & gently pressed the Roussanne clusters to slowly extract cold juice from the clusters.  The juice settled out overnight in tank and was racked to stainless steel barrels for a cold fermentation by EC1118 yeast.   In August 2018 the Roussanne was bottled with a dose of sucrose and yeast for the Méthode Champenoise fermentation.  After 12 weeks of fermentation and riddling the bottles were disgorged and a 0.1% dosage of sucrose was added.

Download Wine Notes
Varietal Composition100% Roussanne
AppellationYakima Valley
VineyardOlsen Ranch Vineyard
Harvest Date08/23/2017
Acid7.8 g/L
FermentationEC1118 yeast
Residual Sugar0.1%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date10/10/2017
Cases Produced130 cases

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