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2016 Brut
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir/Chardonnay
Eola-Amity Hills
Vineyard Designation
Zenith Vineyard
Harvest Date
Up to eight years
Alcohol %

2016 Brut
Willamette Valley Sparkling Wine

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SKU: 16 Brut
Wine Profile
Wine of the Week from Paul Gregutt on Feb. 12, 2022 - "Sourced from older blocks at the Zenith vineyard this is bright gold, with lush toasty highlights around a delicious core of brioche, pear skin, candied kumquat, orange and Meyer lemon rind. The finish lingers with echoes of toasted hazelnuts and butterscotch." / Cellar Select - Oregon Wine Press Dec 2021
Vineyard Notes
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.
Production Notes
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.
Winemaker Notes
Vintage Notes: 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.
Other Notes
Disgorged Date: Apr 2021; Production 125 cases; This Brut is made from 72% Pinot Noir and 28% Chardonnay.