PREUVE | MV Sparkling Wine – Sta. Rita Hills

I can clearly remember the moment when I decided to venture into the world of sparkling wine. It was at beginning of the 2012 harvest and I was checking in on our single vineyard parcels for Sandhi. We were still…

PREUVE | MV Sparkling Wine - Sta. Rita Hills

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I can clearly remember the moment when I decided to venture into the world of sparkling wine. It was at beginning of the 2012 harvest and I was checking in on our single vineyard parcels for Sandhi. We were still a few weeks away from picking grapes, but the fruit tasted surprisingly ripe for being so low in sugar! I had thought the Sta. Rita Hills could produce profound sparkling wines and I decided⁠
right then and there that I was going to pick a few tons of Chardonnay to test my theory.⁠

Preuve (French for evidence) has taken years to craft. For me, this wine is proof that we can produce exceptional sparkling wines in the Sta. Rita Hills. Made from equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, from three of the top vineyards in the appellation (Sanford & Benedict, Rinconada, and Bentrock), the inspiration for this wine came from my visits to the cellar of Domaine Jacques Selosse

Anselme Selosse is one of the greatest winemakers I have⁠
ever met. It was in his cellar that I tasted the magic of the solera system, the blending of successive vintages to produce a wine that combines the complexity, vibrancy, richness and charm of both young and mature champagne.⁠

This wine was bottled without any dosage (zero addition of sugar before corking), with less atmospheric pressure (a gentler secondary fermentation to produce less bubbles, and therefore a more vinous mousse) and disgorged after 4⁠
years on the lees.⁠

This is one of 3 wines included in our Spring 2020 Wine Club shipment. If you’d like to receive wines like these, visit the link in bio to sign up for the wine club.

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