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2016 'Isabelle' Sparkling Wine
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2016 'Isabelle' Sparkling Wine
Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cuve
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Riverview
Alcohol %
12.5
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SKU: 16SVISP7RMONR12

If you know about the crafting of champagne, you understand it is a special wine that is a labor of love. And that is why our sparkling cuvée was named for Isabelle Adolphin Pearce, beloved mother of Al Scheid. Like the hands-on, no-shortcuts-allowed méthode champenoise way we produce our sparkler, Isabelle was old school through and through. Something “store bought” wasn’t worth nearly as much as something that was lovingly made by hand, whether it was an intricately crocheted afghan, a faux red fur coat for her granddaughter, or her melt-in-your-mouth pot roast. She firmly believed that busy hands make a happy heart and she lived by those words by working hard and taking care of others her entire life. Our 2016 Isabelle Sparkling Wine is an elegant and complex cuvée in a brut style, with aromas of green apple, pear and hints of white flowers, honey and brioche. Here’s to Isabelle, much loved and greatly missed.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2016
Varietal
Cuve
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
Riverview
Alcohol %
12.5
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
Our estate Riverview Vineyard is a cold-climate (Region I), sustainably farmed site located two miles south of Soledad on the east side of the Salinas Valley. It rests on a southwest-facing granitic alluvial fan originating from the Gabilan Mountains’ Chalone Peaks. The view from Riverview includes Mt. Junipero Serra, the confluence of the Arroyo Seco and Salinas Rivers, and the Santa Lucia Highlands, five miles to the west. This gorgeous site offers full sun exposure but little protection from the strong winds that scrub the valley every afternoon. It is significantly cooler than comparable sites in the Santa Lucia Highlands and Arroyo Seco AVAs.
Varietal Composition
46% Chardonnay, 33% Pinot Noir, 21% Pinot Meunier
Winemaking
Isabelle is produced in the traditional méthode champenoise. Primary fermentation was done slowly and at a cold temperature to enhance the varietal aromatics and preserve the natural delicate character. Next, the cuvée was bottled with sugar and yeast, and a secondary fermentation proceeded in the bottle. While fermenting en tirage, carbon dioxide that would normally be released is trapped, producing the sparkle and bubbles. After aging on the lees for 40 months, the wine was riddled—slowly shaken and turned with the angle gradually increased, causing the lees to dislodge and settle in the neck of the bottle. The settled lees were then frozen to form a “plug” and disgorged. The sparkling wine was quickly corked to maintain the effervescence and voilà, Isabelle was born!
Cases Produced
166