Explosive flavors of cranberry and pomegranate.
10% Frontenac gris
10% Frontenac blanc
76.5% Cellardoor Estate Vineyard – Lincolnville, Maine
23.5% Earth Dharma Organic Farm – Jackson, Maine
SWEETNESS DESIGNATION: Extra Brut
WINEMAKER NOTES: With above-average temperatures and a dry fall, 2016 was a near-perfect growing season in Maine. The main component of the blend, Marquette, provides a striking color to the wine from its uncommonly red juice. Without needing skin contact for color, we can press the grapes as soon as they’re harvested – resulting in fresh pink juice with no tannin. To reduce the naturally high acidity in both the Marquette and Frontenacs, we followed primary fermentation with a partial malolactic fermentation. Upon finding the right acid balance and mouthfeel, we chose to age the blend in stainless steel rather than oak prior to tirage. After bottling the base wine with yeast and sugar for a Traditional Method bottle fermentation, we aged the wine for an additional 32 months before disgorging the yeast and corking. With just a minimal dosage, this wine is crafted as an extra brut.
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to the naturally high levels of calcium in our soils, our estate grapes are also high in calcium. This can cause calcium tartrate crystals to form in the bottle. These crystals are just calcium falling out of solution over time and will cause no harm or flavor change.
- Bright summer salads with vinaigrette
- Any celebration