2011 Blanc de Blancs Magnum (1.5L)
We thought 2010 was a late growing season... in 2011 we picked Julia Lee's Block a full 10 days later than 2010 on October 28th! At 900 ft. elevation, needless to say, we had plenty of acid in 2011. As such, we had to carefully tease out more texture and depth in a year like this. Complete barrel fermentation and full lees aging was a must, as well as an increased amount of malolactic fermentation - 25% to be precise. Going into the bottle, I still remember it being a racy little devil, but time on yeast has always had the last laugh. After popping our first bottle for the dosage trial, we were blown away at the depth and length it had developed on the lees. This is serious Blanc de Blancs. Allspice, Marcona almond, and fleshy pear meld with a rich, creamy core all persisting against wet, mineral length.