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Jeriko Estate Brut 2005 - NEW VINTAGE RELEASE

Jeriko Estate’s "Old River Block" Chardonnay is the mother of this outstanding blanc de blanc cuvee. America’s first & only sparkling made from certified organically grown grapes. This cuvee was produced methode champenoise, being fermented & aged in neutral oak puncheons then set sur lees for 1 year prior to disgorging. Extremely limited production, this keenly crafted sparkling Brut is as unique as it is delicious; crisp & rich with compelling fruit & luxurious effervescence.

Limited Quantities, 1000 cases produced

750 ml $38.95


Detailed Wine Information:
Acidity: 3.18
Alcohol: 12%
Appellation: Mendocino
Sub-Appellation: Sanel Valley
Bottling Date: November 19, 2007
Fermentation: Fermented in neutral oak puncheons
Harvest Date: August 09, 2005
Harvest Notes: 100% handpicked for whole cluster grapes.
Months in Barrel: 90 Gallon Puncheons
Oak: Neutral Oak Puncheons
Release Date: December 08, 2007
Special Designation: CCOF Certified 100% Organically Grown
Sugar: 19.1% Brix at Harvest
Tasting Notes: Aroma: Lively aromas of tart granny smith apples, biscuit & a hint of minerality. Flavors: Strong & bright yet soft acidity, a hint of sweetness demonstrated by sweet tart citrus sugar & firm bubble structure. Finish: Soft finish with balanced acidity. Not just for celebrations – pair with everything from French Fries to beef roast, or simply enjoy it by itself! Pair with Cheesecake Momma's Jeriko Mimosa, Hazelnut Biscotti, Plum Wine or Traditional New York Organic Cheesecake.
Time In Oak: 1 year, set sur lees for 3 years prior to disgorging
Varietal: Brut
Varietal Notes: Chardonnay Clone 4

Location:
The Jeriko Estate Vineyard is located in the Sanel Valley of the upper canyon of the Russian River basin in lower Mendocino County. The Brut is grown in a section of the vineyard with no inclination, located next to the Russian River. Soils: The block has deep, alluvial soils of gravelly-loam soil with an emphasis on the gravel (being closer to the River), resulting in good drainage. Water: The land is 486 feet above sea level. The vineyard typically receives 30 inches of rain annually, experiencing no rainfall between May and October and necessitating the use of a drip irrigation system for approximately 8 hours per week during the summer months. Overhead sprinklers are used for heat control once the temperatures rise above 90 degrees. During the summer the fruit is cooled and air is moved air through the vineyard by typical afternoon breezes. Canopy Management: Jeriko uses 6x6 high density spacing, 1210 plants per acre. The narrow trellises provide shade for the rows of vines behind, providing a natural filter of sunlight to minimize loss of fruit flavors because of intense heat, and to reduce sunburn of the grapes. A combination of high trellis system and hand pruning encourages movement of air to inhibit the growth of moulds and mildews. Cover Crops and Compost: Once the fruit is harvested and the vines go dormant for the winter, cover crops consisting of an organic mix of legumes, bell beans, peas, wild oats and vetch are applied very second year. Organic Certification: This vineyard is farmed organically and is certified 100% organically grown by CCOF, IFOAM and USDA.

Vintage Notes:

Average rainfall of 30 inches. No unusual ocurences with the weather patterns. Average budbreak, ripening and harvesting times. Higher than average yields.

Winemakers Notes:

Jeriko Estate’s "Old River Block" Chardonnay is the mother of this outstanding blanc de blanc cuvee. Chardonnay Clone 4 was selected for this wine because it has smaller clusters and smaller berries resulting in more fruit intensity. The Clone 4 has higher acid which makes for a better sparkling wine, as it balances the qualities that come through from a long fermentation against the lees. This sparkling was produced methode champenoise/methode traditionalle, being fermented & aged in neutral oak puncheons then set sur lees for 1 year prior to disgorging. This keenly crafted sparkling Brut is as unique as it is delicious; crisp & rich with compelling fruit & fragrant aromas. 1000 cases.

Year: 2005

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