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Domestic Sparkling Wine Finds Its Identity: Winemakers on both coasts of the U.S. describe their processes in producing methode champenoise wine.

While many in the wine trade consider Champagne the "king of wines and wine of kings," more consumers increasingly regard sparkling wine as its equally regal offspring.

Astute Champagne houses long ago foresaw the future of stateside sparkling wine, with notables such as Taittinger Champagne (Domaine Carneros), Moet & Chandon (Domaine Chandon), G.H. Mumm (Mumm Napa) and Louis Roederer (Roederer Estate) investing in California vineyards and wineries in the 1970s and 1980s.

Domestic wineries also joined the noble fizz fray. While Ohio lays claim as the first state to see successful American sparkling wine production in the 1800s, California grabbed international attention in the 1970s. Today, U.S. bubble makers abound from Oregon to New Jersey.

This report analyzes six classic and non-traditional sparkling wine producers: three in California, two in Oregon, and one in New Jersey. All winemakers interviewed for this feature follow the methode champenoise process of sparkling wine production. Unlike Champagne, which must follow strict production guidelines for everything from planting to pressing and aging, American sparkling wine production allows for greater latitude.

A tale of terroir

Champagne views terroir in terms of villages and regions, rather than the Burgundian concept based upon specific lieux-dits (named sites) or climats. The art of the blend trumps individual vineyard expressions. The United States embraces both approaches, according to winemaker inclination. But some wine regions lend themselves to sparkling wine production better than others.

Many view California's Anderson Valley as America's grande dame of sparkling wine production. Consulting winemaker and sparkling wine specialist Tex Sawyer said the valley is on the 39th parallel, the same as Spain, but enjoys a significant coastal influence. "This results in grapes with the same pH and total acids as Champagne due to the cool temperatures, but fully ripe grapes at harvest with potential alcohols of 11% due to the long, sunlit days," Sawyer said. "Pretty spectacular situation, in our opinion."

Scharffenberger Cellars, founded in 1981, ranks among the first American Anderson Valley sparkling winemakers, and the winery is now owned by Maisons Marques & Domaines. "We feel that Mendocino County is an unmatched appellation for sparkling wine. Sunny, yet cool. Due to our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and a narrow valley where cool air settles, we have a large diurnal temperature shift, at times up to 50[degrees] F," said winemaker Jeffrey Jindra. "This helps retain the natural acidity required for premium sparkling wine, while also providing plenty of sun for good fruit flavor."

The Carneros AVA, which spans parts of Napa and Sonoma counties, shares equal stature in the making of sparkling wine, attracting the likes of the Spanish company Codorniu Raventos Group. The family opened Codorniu Napa in 1991, later rechristening it Artesa Vineyards & Winery where Ana Diogo-Draper is the director of winemaking. The sprawling 350-acre estate includes 200 acres of intricately planted blocks designed to match varieties, clones, rootstocks and trellis systems to appropriate soils, topography, sun and wind exposures.

Farther south, the mountainous, sea-breeze-buffeted Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Peninsula find favor, too. Barry Jackson left a lengthy winemaking career at Paul Masson to found Equinox in Santa Cruz, Calif., in 1989. Jackson produces his own sparkling wine and consults for 17 area bubbly producers, too.

Another burgeoning sparkling wine region is the Willamette Valley of Oregon, where Rollin Soles and Brian Croser founded Argyle Winery in 1987, the first winery in the area dedicated to sparkling wine production. Today, Oregon boasts more than 88 sparkling wine producers, and hosts an bi-annual symposium on sparkling wine at Chemeketa Community College Northwest Wine Studies Center in Salem, Ore. In 2018, the conference's keynote speaker was Champagne expert Peter Liem, who is the author of "Champagne: The Essential Guide to the Wines, Producers and Terroirs of the Iconic Region."

Many credit Andrew Davies of Radiant Sparkling Wine Company as the catalyst for Oregon's current sparkling wine revolution. Davies' company provides the specialized equipment and technical savvy for small producers lacking the infrastructure to launch their own in-house sparkling program.

R. Stuart & Co. of McMinnville, Ore., is one such successful in-house small producer, which also uses Radiant's services when needed. The winery started sparkling production in the late 1990s. "Our partner Frank Blair approached me in 1999 to start a pilot project for sparkling wine," said winemaker Rob Stuart, who told Blair he was out of his mind to think they could do it profitably, "but we both believed that Oregon, specifically the Willamette Valley, was the place that one could make not Champagne per se, but something as complex, very uniquely Oregon, and with the same quality parameters as a very good bottle of Champagne."

Stuart produces two sparkling wines: Rose d'Or, a tete de cuvee non-vintage, and Bubbly, a blanc de blancs non-vintage. Pinot Noir predominates in the Rose d'Or blend. Stuart sources some of the fruit from organically farmed Temperance Hill Vineyard in Eola-Amity Hills, but Menefee Vineyard in Yamhill-Carlton provides the main source of Pinot Noir, along with a smidgen of Roussanne and Pinot Blanc. About 20% of the Rose d'Or is Chardonnay from Courting Hill.

"I only started to add Roussanne and Pinot Blanc to Rose D'Or in the 2016 tirage (it is still an NV). I add it because where it's grown (cold site), and particularly the Roussanne gives the wine some very high and bright acidity. The original concept goes back to the days of Napoleon, when he thought the best sparkling wine came from the Rhone, and from Roussanne and possibly Marsanne."

Columbia Gorge AVA's Analemma Wines represent a more boutique approach. The winery was founded in Mosier Valley, Ore., in 2010 by Steven Thompson and Kris Fade, who set about crafting a single-variety, single-vineyard, single-vintage sparkling wine in 2013. They source fruit from Atavus Vineyard, a nearly 50-year-old high-elevation site in the foothills of Mount Adams.

But sparkling wine also spans coastlines. In New Jersey's Outer Coastal Plain AVA, fifth-generation fruit farmers Bill and Penni Heritage established Heritage Vineyards in 1999 after converting part of their 150-acre peach and apple orchards to wine grapes.

"We set out to make sparkling as a way to utilize our Pinot Noir plantings. It became evident after some trial and error that we would be unable to produce a truly great still Pinot Noir on our property here in southern New Jersey," said Sean Comninos, winemaker for William Heritage, the Heritages' wine brand. "Rather than replant to something else, I noted that the fruit was just about perfect for sparkling in mid-to late August and decided to give that a go. Things went well enough that we actually reversed course on the removal of Pinot Noir (we had previously removed a few rows of Pommard clones close to the tasting room) and have expanded our plantings specifically for sparkling production."

Despite these regional variations, the most common soil type is sandy loam. Most vineyards face south, southeast or southwest. Elevations range between 200 and 1,800 feet. Clones, rootstock and spacing vary, with VSP trellising and cordon or cane pruning most popular. Harvest Brix typically fall from 17[degrees] to 22[degrees], harvest pH 3.0 to 3.33, and TA from 7.7 to 12.

To keep sugars down, acids up, and allow flavors to develop appropriately, Stuart said he rarely crops above 2 tons per acre. "This is a key point, in that many United States producers try to lower the sugar in their base wines by cropping at high levels like 4 to 5 tons per acre," he said. "This just dilutes the flavor. Or they try to pick early so that the sugar is lower and the acid is higher to match French numbers. This also doesn't work. You end up with underripe flavors."

Traditional sparkling wine production includes pressing the fruit, base wine production, assemblage, secondary fermentation, bottle aging, collecting the sediment, riddling, degorgement, dosage, sealing and cellaring.

Pressing

Most of those interviewed perform two presses, with yields for the first press of 100 to 130 gallons per ton, and 20 to 25 gallons per ton for the second. Equinox uses the taille (final press juice) for still wine production.

William Heritage presses and then co-ferments the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay blend. "We only make one sparkling wine each year and utilize this technique throughout," Comninos said. "This is sometimes due to tank space issues but is really just related to the small volumes we're producing. At the time, the tanks we were settling and fermenting in were tall 2,100-liter SK tanks from Slovenia with the cooling jacket at center. Unless I had enough volume, we would not make it up to the jacket height. That's why they weren't fermented separately, and (then) blended. I continue to use this technique. I feel the wine is better balanced this way, by treating all the components as a whole."

Comninos uses an SK Group PST 8 800-liter pneumatic bladder press to perform a standard Champagne pressing, a series of three squeezes with gradually increasing pressures up to 1.2 bar, totaling 1.25 hours for the cuvee. An additional set of three more graduated squeezes for the taille, up to 1.6 bar with three or four rotations between, adds an additional hour to the process.

After pressing, the juice is cold-stabilized and allowed to settle before the must is racked off and moved to steel tanks or barrels for inoculation with cultured yeasts to initiate fermentation.

Darren Michaels, technical consultant at Laffort USA, advises many sparkling wine producers, and recommends a set of best practices. He finds the most-used yeast strains are DV10, EC1118 and Spark, especially for tirage. Michaels advises cold-stabilizing with Mannostab and Celstab, instead of traditional stabilizing, because testing has shown that both instantly cold-stabilize when used. Mannostab is a mannoprotein-based product, and Celstab is a CMC (carboxymethyl cellulose) based product. "A lot of my clients use combination products like Polylact (casein and polyvinylpolypyrrolidone, or PVPP) and Argilact (casein and enological bentonite) to remove some of the bitter phenolics," Michaels said.

He added that these are best when utilized on juice, rather than wine. He also notes that in Europe, many producers are moving away from animal-based products toward Vegecoll, a plant-based fining agent, which, when mixed with bentonite and PVPI? is called Polymust Press.

Primary fermentation

In his experience, Michaels said he typically finds that even though base wine primary fermentations don't require as much added nitrogen because of the lower potential alcohol, most producers use at least a small amount of complex nutrients that are a mix of DAP (diammonium phosphate) and purified yeast components. "More and more are using organic nitrogen sources (as opposed to DAP) like Nutristart ORG for better aromatics," he said. "Sometimes with DAP-based nutrition you will get a 'vitamin' aroma."

Artesa, R. Stuart and Scharffenberger use YAN (yeast assimilable nitrogen), prefer ranges of 200 to 350 parts per million (ppm); R. Stuart prefers 140 ppm. Scharffenberger adds DAP as needed with thiamine at 58 milligrams per hectoliter; R. Stuart with Fermaid K if necessary to reach 140 ppm YAN; and William Heritage uses 0.24 grams per liter of DAP with SpringFerm at the start of fermentation, and again at one-third depletion. Maximum primary fermentation temperatures range from 51[degrees] F to 88[degrees] F.

About half the winemakers use fining agents during primary fermentation. Artesa prefers PVPC while R. Stuart & Co. and William Heritage use bentonite. Racking is generally performed, typically at least once, and juice cold-stabilized.

Most wines do not undergo full malolactic fermentation, with a few exceptions. Artesa uses full malolactic fermentation for the 2016 Codorniu Napa Grand Reserve BARRICA and partial malolactic fermentation for the 2015 Codorniu Napa Grand Reserve Rose. Approximately 80% of Scharffenberger's non-vintage Brut Excellence undergoes malolactic fermentation, depending upon the vintage acid profile. Jindra notes, "The 'malo' style is very characteristic of the Scharffenberger Brut."

Scharffenberger and William Heritage do not leave their wines on lees, nor does R. Stuart for its non-vintage Bubbly. Only Artesa stirs the lees for all of its wines, and R. Stuart for its non-vintage Rose d'Or.

Assemblage

The assembly (assemblage) of base wines into blends takes place after completion of primary fermentation. All single-vintage wines used base wines from that particular vintage. Most include a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, except for the 2014 and 2015 Codorniu Napa Grand Reserve Rose and the Analemma 2013 Atavus Blanc de Noirs, which are 100% Pinot Noir, and the 2001 Equinox Blanc de Blanc Cuvee de Chardonnay, which is 100% Chardonnay.

R. Stuart and Scharffenberger both employ solera systems for their non-vintage wines. "I love the NV Champagnes of France for their complexity, which I think comes primarily from the art of the winemaker blending different vintages," Stuart said. "We cannot store many different vintages. But what we do is this: In our first harvest (1999) we made five barrels of base wine. In our second harvest (2000) we made another five barrels of wine. In the fall of 2001 we combined a portion of the '99 and a portion of the '00 and put it into Champagne bottles with yeast and sugar and some riddling aids and began the secondary fermentation."

Every successive year and bottling, Stuart takes the older base wine, combines it with the new vintage, and bottles it.

Scharffenberger also uses a solera system based on holding one tank back in reserve each year. "Typically, 84% to 89% of a bottling is a given vintage, while 11% to 16% is the reserve 'solera,'" Jindra said. "Every bottle of NV Brut tells not only the story of the primary vintage, but also the tale of vintages past."

Secondary fermentation (prise de mousse)

The second alcoholic fermentation, also known as prise de mousse (seizing of the foam), occurs in the same bottle in which the wine is sold. To induce secondary fermentation, most winemakers add a liqueur de tirage composed of cultured yeast, sugar and yeast nutrients.

Most secondary yeast cultures are developed specifically to ferment under high pressure, high alcohol, low sugar and low temperature conditions.

Only William Heritage does not use a bidule, a small plastic cup inserted into each bottle neck to collect sediment; all install crown cap closures and store bottles sur latte, or stacked on their sides in horizontal rows, separated by lattes, or wooden strips. Bottle pressure after second fermentation ranged from 4 to 7 atmospheres.

Bottle aging

During aging, all of the winemakers perform some poignetage, or shaking of bottles to loosen adhered lees from the glass. Most use forklifts to move the pallets of wine around the cellar.

Equinox Wines' sur latte duration for the 2001 Blanc de Blanc is the longest, with the first release after eight years en tirage, the second release after 11 years, and the third release after 15 years.

Bottle aging allows for autolysis (yeast decomposition), which contributes to a wine's toasty, yeasty notes. Bottle aging also helps integrate carbon dioxide into solution, and more time helps ensure finer and more consistent bubbles.

"The longer you wait, the more toastiness you get," Stuart said. "This is due to the yeast autolysis, not the C02, going further into solution. These two factors happen simultaneously. And because you wait a long time, you also have smaller and more consistent bubbles in the wine. This is because the CO2 generated from the second fermentation becomes more dissolved in the wine. We actually wait three years (on the yeast), and we now wait six years on the yeast for our Rose d'Or."

Collecting the sediment

Dead yeast cells are collected in the bottle neck prior to removal in a process known as riddling or remuage. Historically, it was performed manually utilizing A-shaped racks, or pupitres, but modern options include mechanized, manually operated girasols and automated, computer-operated gyropalettes.

R. Stuart & Co. hand-riddles the Rose d'Or twice daily on pupitres for as long as necessary, usually between 10 and 30 days. On occasion, Stuart employs Radiant Sparkling Wine to riddle via gyropalette, which takes about four days. Analemma also employs Radiant for riddling, but uses a girasol, while Scharffenberger transfers all tirage bottles to riddling cages, where they undergo an automated riddling program that lasts three to five days. Equinox operates a gyropalette on a 26-step, seven-day cycle.

Degorgement and dosage

Methods for degorgement, or disgorgement of dead yeast cells, include either a la volee (by hand) or a la glace (by ice). If the latter, the bottle neck is dipped into an icy brine, freezing the sediment into a slushy plug, then the bottle is turned upright, the temporary cap removed, and pressure inside the bottle ejects the bidule and slushy plug from the bottle neck.

R. Stuart "dry" disgorges. "We do not freeze the necks," Stuart said. "We dry disgorge (we hold the bottle upside down and pop the bottle cap off to release the yeast). We quickly get our thumb over the opening to not lose the wine."

Final alcohol averages fall between 12% and 12.7%, and final pH from 3.0 to 3.2. Any lost wine is topped off with a dosage, sometimes of reserves or brandy.

Sealing and cellaring

After dosage, the producers seal their wines with a cork or cork conglomerate, wire cage and foil capsule, and label before storing. Aging lengths vary according to house styles, with most wines aged for a minimum of 12 months at temperatures of 58[degrees] F to 68[degrees] F.

Despite farming demands, production complexities and lengthy aging requirements, passion for sparkling wine production continues to grow. Some see it as a way to expand existing portfolios, others as a technical challenge. But a few said they regard sparkling wine in almost mythic proportions. "It is truly the Holy Grail for me," Stuart said. "It is probably unattainable to reach the goal in my mind, but still, it is a lifelong challenge to make something this difficult."

L.M. Archer is a fine wine write specializing in Burgundy, bubbles and emerging wine regions. A member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, her work appears in numerous domestic and international publications. She holds designations in French Wine, as well as Bourgogne and Champagne Master Level. Find her on Instagram/ Twitter Olmarcherml and online at www.lmarcher.com.

KEY POINTS

Both vintage and non-vintage sparkling wines are produced.

New winemaking products assist in fermentation, clarification and stability.

Domestic producers use a mix of traditional and innovative methods.

Please Note: Illustration(s) are not available due to copyright restrictions.

Caption: Tex Sawyer is a consulting winemaker who specializes in sparkling wine production.

Caption: Jeffrey Jindra (left) is the winemaker at Scharffenberger Cellars in the Anderson Valley of California. Ana Diogo-Draper (center) is the director of winemaking at Artesa Vineyards & Winery. Barry Jackson (right) produces his own sparkling wine for the Equinox brand and consults as well.

Caption: Some wineries use gyropalletes to conduct the process of riddling to collect dead yeast cells in the necks of bottles.

Caption: Robert Stuart founded R. Stuart & Co. in McMinnville, Ore.
SPARKLING WINE TECHNIQUES

                           2013 Codorniu Napa     Scharffenberger
                           Grand Reserve Brut     NV Brut Excellence

Vintage/NV                 2013                   NV
AVA                        Cameras, Napa County   Mendocino County

Soil Type(s)               Haire clay and loam    Pinole loam
                           clay
Aspect                     south                  southeast

Elevation (feet)           275                    281 to 404
Clone(s)                   115, 4 and Pommard 5   Pinot Noir 13 and
                                                  115; Chardonnay
                                                  131 and 4
Rootstock                  1103 110 and 5BB       S04, 3309 101-14
                                                  and 5BB

Vine spacing               Block 1--11'x4'        Mostly 5'x10',
                           Block 9 & 15--9'x4'    but we also have
                                                  9'x6' and 8'x5'.
Trellis                    Quad and VSP           VSP, LYRE

Pruning                    cordon, 2 bud spurs    Cane, spur
Harvest Brix[degrees]      19.3                   19
Harvest Ph                 3.3                    3.1
TA (g/L)                   7.7                    9.5

Base Wine Production
Press                      Willmes                Bucher Vaslin: (1)
                                                  8 ton and (1)12
                                                  ton, both loaded
                                                  with whole
                                                  clusters via a
                                                  hopper.
Press time                 cuvee 1: 120 gallons   cuvee 1: 125 gals
                           per ton; cuvee 2:      per ton; to cuvee/
                           20 gallons per ton.    next 25 gals/ton
                                                  to taille.

Yeast(s)                   DV10                   EC1118
YAN (ppm)                  225                    200-350
DAP/nutrient additions     Yes                    DAP as needed and
                                                  Thiamine @ 58mg/hL

Fermentation temperature   55[degrees] to         60.8[degrees] F
                           60[degrees] F
Fining                     Polyvinylpoly-         Isinglass post
                           pyrrolidone (PVPP)     fermentation,
                                                  followed by
                                                  cellulose
                                                  filtration
Racking                    Yes                    24 hours after
                                                  pressing, and post
                                                  fermentation.

Cold stabilization         Yes                    Yes

Malolactic                 No                     About 80% MLF
Fermentation                                      dependent on
                                                  vintage acid
                                                  profile.
Vessel(s)                  59-gallon, neutral     stainless steel
                           barrels and
                           stainless steel
                           tanks
Base Wine(s)               50% Pinot Noir,        60% Chardonnay,
                           50% Chardonnay         40% Pinot Noir
Lees                       Yes                    No
Batonnage                  Yes                    No

Secondary Fermentation
Yeast(s)                   18-2007                EC1118

Sugar Additions                                   20
(g/liter)
Bidule                     Yes                    Yes
Closure Type               crown cap              crown cap
Max. Temp.                 Proprietary            60.8[degrees] F
Atmospheres                Proprietary            6
Sur Lattes duration        3 Years                2.5 years

Riddling/Degorgement
Poignetage-
forklift/other

Girasol                                           Tirage bottles
                                                  transferred to
                                                  riddling cages,
                                                  undergo automated
                                                  riddling program
                                                  for 3.5 days.
Gyropalette

Degorgement:               Proprietary            Post riddling, the
                                                  neck of the
                                                  bottles are frozen
                                                  in a glycol
                                                  solution at
                                                  '-14.8[degrees]F.
                                                  750mL bottles are
                                                  disgorged by
                                                  machine.
a la glace                                        -14.8[degrees]F
a la volee

Dosage:                                           Reserve wine and
                                                  special sanding
                                                  cane sugar. Dosage
                                                  in bottle =9.5g/L
                                                  sugar.
Final Alcohol (%)          12                     12
Final pH                   3.18                   3.15
Production (cases)         1,377                  20,000

                           Equinox Blanc de      R. Stuart & Co.
                           Blancs Cuvee de       NV Bubbly
                           Chardonnay

Vintage/NV                 2001                  NV Bubbly
AVA                        Santa Cruz            Willamette Valley,
                                                 both WV and Dundee
Soil Type(s)               sandy loam            Jory, volcanic,
                                                 loess and Woodburn
Aspect                     southeast             south, southeast

Elevation (feet)           670                   300 650
Clone(s)                   Dijon                 Chardonnay 76,96,
                                                 and P. Blanc

Rootstock                  AXR                   Chardonny 108 graft
                                                 and 101-14;
                                                 Pinot Blanc on 3309
Vine spacing               8'x8'                 Chardonnay on 9'x9'.
                                                 P. blanc on 5'x8'.

Trellis                    horizontally          VSP
                           double-curtain
                           trellis.
Pruning                    bilateral cordon      cordon
Harvest Brix[degrees]      20.3                  18-22
Harvest Ph                                       2.80-3.2
TA (g/L)                   9.8                   8.5-12

Base Wine Production
Press                      Whole Cluster         TP-10 Willmes
                           Europress 4000        membrane

Press time                 cuvee 1: 130 gal/     Free Run after 5'
                           ton, taille used      spin, i.e., roll
                           for still wine. No    the press for five
                           S02 at pressing.      minutes with no
                                                 pressure, just to
                                                 break up the grapes
                                                 a little bit. Then
                                                 more free run after
                                                 another 5' spin.
                                                 About 100 to

                                                 110 ga/ton.
Yeast(s)                   EC1118                EC 1118
YAN (ppm)                  No                    140
DAP/nutrient additions     No                    Fermaid K if
                                                 necessary to get
                                                 to 140 ppm YAN

Fermentation temperature   52[degrees]-          60[degrees] F
                           56[degrees] F
Fining                     None during primary   Bentonite

Racking                    Twice after primary   Typically three
                           ferment.              times, then fined
                                                 and prepped for
                                                 tirage.
Cold stabilization         Yes. 38[degrees]      Yes. Below
                           F--seeded w/          28[degrees] F
                           cream-of-tartar.
Malolactic                 No                    No
Fermentation

Vessel(s)                  neutral oak           neutral oak after
                                                 primary

Base Wine(s)               Chardonnay            Chardonnay and
                                                 Pinot Blanc
Lees                       Yes                   No
Batonnage                  No                    No

Secondary Fermentation
Yeast(s)                   "Ay" &                DV 7
                           "Huatvulliers"
                           Bayanus strains
Sugar Additions            28                    17
(g/liter)
Bidule                     Yes                   Yes
Closure Type               crown cap             crown cap
Max. Temp.                 52-58[degrees] F      60[degrees] F
Atmospheres                6.5-7                 4 to 4.5
Sur Lattes duration        first release 8       six months
                           years, second
                           release 11 and
                           third release 15
Riddling/Degorgement
Poignetage-                Riddling aided w      Riddling racks and
forklift/other             tannin/ isinglass     10-case riddling
                           compound              machine and
                                                 gyropalette.
Girasol                                          Yes

Gyropalette                Yes--26-step, 6.5     Pupitres twice
                           day cycle.            daily for as long
                                                 as it takes. Four-
                                                 day Riddling
                                                 machine cycle.
                                                 When using
                                                 Gyropalette, only
                                                 about four days.
Degorgement:

a la glace                 20[degrees] F         36[degrees] F
a la volee

Dosage:                    "Au Natural" 0        Typically only
                           sugar, 35 ppm         about 3 g/L sugar
                           S[O.sub.2]            in final
                                                 concentration.

Final Alcohol (%)          12.5                  11 to 13
Final pH                   3.01                  3.2
Production (cases)         400                   500

                           Analemma Atavus    Wm. Heritage
                           Blanc de Noirs     Vintage Brut
                                              Estate

Vintage/NV                 2013               2014
AVA                        Columbia Gorge     Outer Coastal
                                              Plain
Soil Type(s)               clay loam          Downer loamy sand

Aspect                     south, southeast   Chardonnay
                                              (northwest) Pinot
                                              Noir (southeast)
Elevation (feet)           1,800              200
Clone(s)                   Mariafeld          Chardonnay 95;
                                              Pinot Noir 667
                                              and Pommard
Rootstock                  N/A                3309

Vine spacing               10'x6'             8'x6'

Trellis                    VSP                Double guyot VSP

Pruning                    cane               cane
Harvest Brix[degrees]      19                 18-19
Harvest Ph                 3                  3.2
TA (g/L)                   12                 9.47

Base Wine Production
Press                      Euro Machine       SK PST-8, 800
                           Pneumatic press    liter pneumatic
                                              bladder press.

Press time                 Eight hour         Champagne cycle
                           pressing, press    series of three
                           cuts vary based    presses that ramp
                           on fruit           up to 1.2 Bar
                           composition.       with 1 or 2
                                              rotations between.

Yeast(s)                   native/ ambient    BCS103
YAN (ppm)                  N/A                Not measured
DAP/nutrient additions     None               .24 g/L DAP +
                                              springferm at
                                              start and 1/3
                                              depletion
Fermentation temperature   88[degrees] F      51[degrees] F

Fining                     No                 .06 g/L Bentonite

Racking                    Once               Kept on lees
                                              stirred with
                                              nitrogen until
                                              fining.
Cold stabilization         Yes                3 weeks at
                                              29[degrees] F

Malolactic                 No                 No
Fermentation

Vessel(s)                  stainless steel    settled and cold
                           and barrels        stabilized stainless
                                              steel tank

Base Wine(s)               Pinot Noir         69% Chardonnay, 31
                                              % Pinot noir
Lees                       Fine               No
Batonnage                  No                 No

Secondary Fermentation
Yeast(s)                   EC1118             Proelif

Sugar Additions            Yes                24
(g/liter)
Bidule                     Yes                No
Closure Type               crown cap          crown cap
Max. Temp.                 55[degrees] F      60[degrees] F
Atmospheres                5                  6
Sur Lattes duration        40 months          24 months

Riddling/Degorgement
Poignetage-
forklift/other

Girasol                    Yes

Gyropalette                Yes

Degorgement:

a la glace
a la volee                                    Disgorged manually
                                              after freezing
                                              necks in glycol
                                              bath.
Dosage:                                       No dosage, topped
                                              with sparkling
                                              from same batch.

Final Alcohol (%)          12.5               11.5
Final pH                                      3.3 pH
Production (cases)         200                137
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