This inaugural vintage is crafted using méthode traditionnelle sourced from estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. This blend combines the structure and vibrancy of Pinot Noir with the finesse and roundness of Chardonnay. The wine was aged on its lees for 23 months to develop added complexity before being disgorged.
Founder Jim Bernau's daughter, Emi, helped design a family crest for the label taking inspiration from their heritage and the biodynamic farming practices used at Bernau Estate Vineyard.
Accolades: Platinum Medal & "Best Sparkling of the Northwest" - Sip Magazine
On the Nose: Fine bubbles elevate an inviting bouquet of golden apple, shortbread, white florals and zesty ginger.
On the Palate: Attractive apricot and citrus notes meld seamlessly on the palate with almond and brioche flavors gained from extended sur lie aging. The creamy and elegant structure combined with bright acidity carry these flavors through the lingering vibrant finish.
Food Pairings: Enjoy in a toast during a celebration, or on its own before the start of a meal. Pair with delicate seafood dishes like fresh oysters, sashimi and grilled scallops or salty, creamy or nutty foods like fried calamari or chicken, Caesar salad and soft cheeses.
Peak Drinkability: 2021 - 2028
Bernau Estate Vineyard
Dundee Hills AVA
Named in honor of Founder Jim Bernau, Bernau Estate Vineyard is located in the Dundee Hills and the future home to our Méthode Champenoise sparkling wine facility, set to open in 2022. The vines at Bernau Estate Vineyard are farmed using biodynamic techniques, with plans to apply for a Demeter certification in 2022. Biodynamic farming uses sustainable, organic practices, including composting and the use of special preparations, to holistically promote the soil's long-term health.
The vineyard has a very gentle south west facing slope and mostly Woodburn soils, which are deep, nutrient rich and well drained soils. The original 15 acres of Pinot Noir was planted in 1994 and in 2019 we added 9 acres of Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
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