The wine is dry, firm and crisp. Abundant flavors recall lemon, apple, pear and ripe melon. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The cuvée, which is aged on the yeast about three years, maintains freshness on the palate and a crisp clean finish. Blanc de Blancs will improve with further bottle age for several years following release.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines53% Napa County; 22% Sonoma County; 16% Mendocino County; 9% Other. Very keenly on point for Blanc de Blancs, this wine mixes attractive citrus and quietly floral fruit with rich yeasts in its inviting aromas and follows up on the palate with a brisk, balanced mousse and touches of minerality. Its tastes of toast and biscuits add nice touches of breadth while not taking away from the wine's youthful energy. Try it with chicken breasts in a white wine sauce.