Willamette Valley Sparkling Wine
Zenith is centrally located in the Eola-Amity Hills AVA 11 miles NW of Salem, Oregon. The grapes for this wine come from two older blocks planted on a gentle hillside on old sedimentary soil.
The methode champenoise is a technique developed by French monks and refined by the great French champagne houses. The sparkle or mousse is created by a secondary fermentation in the bottle. The wine is then aged for four years to develop flavors and aromas, typical of vintage Champagne, before being disgorged.
2016 was the third in a string of warm summers and early harvests. It produced the smallest crop of the three. The harvest began with a bit of heat and dehydration in the fruit. This immediately resolved with cooler temperatures and the rest of the harvest produced well balanced fruit with lovely flavors and ripe tannins. We finished picking at the end of September, producing a total of 10,200 cases. In general 2016 produced lush, early-drinking wines with lovely aromatics and accessible fruit, spice and floral notes. They can be aged and are quite approachable in their youth.
Food Pairing Notes
Compliments richly flavored foods, and is great fun to drink.
Disgorged Date: Apr 2021; Production 125 cases; This Brut is made from 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay.