The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Sparkling California
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
This brut-style California wine has a mineral profile, driven by floral notes on the nose. On the palate, there are big, bright notes of green and Fuji apples with Asian pears. Each sip features a vibrant acidity, with a crisp, clean finish.
Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Aging: 36 months en tirage to ensure the highest quality Serving Suggestion: For optimal flavor, refrigerate for at least three hours and serve chilled Pairing: Serve this fruity wine with shrimp ceviche, fresh oysters, or a supreme pizza.
The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Sparkling Rosé California
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
This brut-style California wine features a fresh, fruit-forward aroma tempered by a touch of minerality. It offers lively, bright flavors of apricot and yellow peach on the palate. Each sip features a vibrant acidity and a crisp, clean finish.
Varietal: Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Aging: 36 months en tirage to ensure the highest quality Serving Suggestion: For optimal flavor, refrigerate for at least three hours and serve chilled
ABOUT THE WINERY: Unshackled is a brand from The Prisoner Wine Company, and recently the official wine of Coachella VIP. It’s made for those who are looking to “break free from convention, stereotypes, and perception”. When their first wine, The Prisoner, was released about two decades ago, it swiftly changed the perception of what a red blend wine could be. Since then, the winery has grown to include a range of rule-bending blends with provocative label designs to become one of the most bold and innovative wine brands in the market. Today, their Director of Winemaking, Chrissy Wittmann and her team of over 100 growers in northern California bring together exceptional fruit to produce a family of unique wines unrestricted by tradition. Learn more about their story here or follow their Instagram @unshackledwines.
The Charles Orban Carte Noire Brut Champagne is clear golden in color with elegant, fine bubbles. The nose is delicate, but is dominated by citrus fruits with hints of fudge. On the palate, there is great length. It is smooth with brioche aromas and subtle notes of honey, pine nuts and light tobacco.
Varietal: 40% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Meunier, 30% Pinot Noir Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume Region: Champagne Vineyard/Terroir: Troissy – Vallée de la Marne Vintage: NV Vinification: Dosage – 10 g/L Serving Temperature: Serve at 46.4ºF-50ºF Pairing: Serve as an aperitif, or pair with white meat or fish. Critical Acclaim: 90 points Wine Spectator
A note of woodsy smoke underscores flavors of tangy plum, candied kumquat, white peach and fresh ginger in this mouthwatering Champagne, backed by firm, citrusy acidity. — 90 points, AN, Wine Spectator
ABOUT THE WINERY: The Orban family has been growing grapes in Troissy, a village on the left bank of the Marne, since 1770. Their vineyards cover 331 hectares and are planted with Pinot Meunier (86%), Pinot Noir (8%) and Chardonnay (6%) grapes. By the end of the 1950s, Charles Orban left the Troissy cooperative and decided to produce his own champagne, selling it under his own name. Over the years, he grew his company from just 800 bottles, to now over 200,000 bottles produced and sold. Since then, the house was sold to a champagne family that continues to uphold the Orban family tradition. Learn more about their story here.
The Chandon Brut Rosé is vivacious and juicy. It’s a bright, dry Rosé with a refreshing lightness – perfect for sipping all year. On the eye, it is vibrant pink with an energetic bead and mousse. The nose is extremely fruity with subtle floral, toasty, mineral and brioche notes. On the palate, there are flavors of strawberry, red cherry, raspberry tart, red currant, pomegranate and notes of pastries or scones. The creaminess, acidity and finish are all perfectly balanced with very little sweetness.
Grapes for Brut Rosé were sourced from multiple cool-climate appellations, ensuring complexity and consistency in this vibrant, smooth style. Grapes were harvested at night to keep the fruit cool and preserve freshness. Harvest begins early August to retain acidity and capture Chardon’s signature vibrancy. State-of-the-art presses lower pressing times, limiting the the juice’s contact with the grape skins to avoid bitterness. Primary fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks. The second fermentation occurs in the bottle and the aging process begins. A minimum of 12 months aging imparts a creamy complexity balanced by juicy red fruit notes.
Varietal: 57% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 3% Meunier Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume Brut: 9.5 g/L Serving Temperature: Serve between 49ºF – 54ºF Pairing: Perfect match for a sunny day, or paired with slightly spicy dishes, grilled burgers, paella, smoked salmon, gumbo, or duck fat fries. Critical Acclaim:2020 Wine Enthusiast – 90 pts.
Cocktail Recommendation:The Chandon Mirosa 3 oz. Chandon Brut Rosé 3 oz. Pink Grapefruit Juice
This Brut is the signature style of Chandon and the go-to bubbly for entertaining, sipping and gifting. It showcases the fruitiness, vibrancy and freshness of Northern California’s warm, sunny days and cool nights. On the eye, it is vibrant straw yellow in color with an energetic bead and mousse. The nose is very heavy in fruit, with medium floral and brioche notes, and light toasty and mineral undertones. The palate is intense and fruity with subtle complexity. There are key flavors of green apple, citrus, pear, biscuit, almond and white flowers.
Grapes for Brut are sourced from multiple cool-climate appellations, ensuring complexity and consistency in the lively, juicy style. A minimum of 12 months aging imparts a creamy complexity, balanced by an elegant mouthfeel.
Varietal: 73% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir, 1% Meunier Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume Brut: 9 g/L Serving Temperature: Serve between 49ºF – 54ºF Pairing: A refreshing aperitif, or an ideal match with any salty or creamy dishes such as oysters, caesar salad, fried chicken or calamari Critical Acclaim:
ABOUT THE WINERY: Founded in 1973, by Robert-Jean de Vogüé and John Wright, Chandon is one of the first French-owned sparkling wine ventures in United States. The two carefully selected their vineyards, and are now considered to be amongst some of the best quality sparkling wines in California. Domaine Chandon is located in Yountville, within the Napa Valley, California. With their Head Winemaker, Pauline Lhote, and her skilled team, the Chandon Winery is able to combine their skilled winemaking knowledge with French techniques to produce innovate, beautiful, vibrant wines. Learn more about their story here.
This Bubbly blend of Mauzac, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay is crystalline yellow in color with golden hues as it pours. The nose is intense with delicate scents of hawthorn and crisp green apple offsetting the nutty, pastry-like richness imparted by the extended tirage. A freshness sweeps over the palate with waves of citrus fruits, tart apple, Mirabelle plum, and golden flowers all lingering into a harmonious finish.
Varietal: 90% Mauzac, 5% Chenin Blanc, 5% Chardonnay Terroir: 20-40 year old vines grown on gently sloping hillsides formed of calcareous clay in a Mediterranean climate Elevation: 650 feet Farming: Sustainable Farming Aging: 24 months in stainless steel tanks Bottled: At the winery Certification: Certified Terra Vitis Serving Temperature: Serve between 44ºF – 45ºF Food Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or throughout the meal
ABOUT THE WINERY: Clara Vie is a custom cuvée betweenJP BourgeoisandFrançoise Antech, the sixth-generation member ofMaison Antech-Limoux, a family-owned winery in France for over five centuries. Since the late 19th century, the family has been invested in the winemaking traditions of their region, taming their magical terroir to make fine sparkling wines. In 1996, Françoise stepped in to carry on the family traditions, while raising Antech to the ranks of the greatest sparkling wine makers. The secret of their character comes from a combination of Limoux’s three terroirs (the backbone of their cuvées): freshness from the Pyrenees, minerality from the ocean and roundness from the Mediterranean. Learn more here.
Von Winning Riesling Extra Brut Pfalz, Germany
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
This Riesling Extra Brut has a soft, citrus aroma with an elegant spiciness on the palate.
“Based largely on vintage 2016 and on grapes from Ruppertsberg (especially Linsenbusch), this offers a mouthwatering and remarkably Chablis-like evocation of salted, herbed chicken stock and oyster liquor. Walnut and peach kernel piquancy stimulate further on a brightly lemony, buoyant palate. The mousse is admirably fine, the long finish both cheek-pinching and salivainducing, irrepressibly juicy and loaded with animal as well as mineral savor…” – Vinous, Antonio Galloni; 92 points.
Varietal: Riesling Vineyard: Selection of different vineyards in and around Deidesheim Soil: Chalky, loess-clay soils and red sandstone Farming: Practicing Organic Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks used for first fermentation, then secondary fermentation in the bottle. Left on the lees for 24-28 months.
ABOUT THE WINERY: Formally called the Dr. Deinhard Estate, (now Von Winning) was founded in 1849, producing unique wines reflecting their vineyards in Ruppetsberg, Deidesheim and Forst. In 1907, Leopold von Winning, son-in-law of Dr. Andreas Deinhard, dedicated his life to creating the highest quality of wines with respect to the vineyards passed down to him. Today, Stephan Attmann and his ambitious team uphold this visionary’s tradition. Learn more about their story here.
This wine comes from the purest grape juice and allows Laurent‑Perrier to craft “La Cuvée”, a champagne of great finesse and a beautiful freshness obtained after a long ageing process in their cellars. Laurent-Perrier’s style and personality are defined by its very high proportion of Chardonnay. Purity, freshness and elegance – essential characteristics, expressed in this champagne which embodies the spirit of the House.
La Cuvée is pale, gold in color with fine bubbles that feed a persistent mousse. It has a delicate nose with hints of fresh citrus and white flowers, while on the palate the wine’s complexity is expressed with successive notes of vine peach and white fruit. There is a perfect balance between freshness and delicacy with fruity flavors that are very present on the finish.
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume Varietal: La Cuvée is a blend made from over 100 Crus selected by Laurent-Perrier
A majority of Chardonnay, over 50%
Pinot Noir, between 30% and 35%
Rounded out with Meunier, between 10% and 15%
+ Reserve wines between 15% and 30% to ensure perfect consistency in style
Vinification and Aging: For blending, only the musts of the Cuvée are used, so only 80% of the grape juice is extracted from pressing. The ideal aging is around 4 years in the cellar, and its balance and freshness are enhanced by a light dosage. Serving Temperature: Serve between 46.4ºF – 50ºF Food Pairing: Perfect as an aperitif or paired alongside poultry or the finest fish.
ABOUT LAURENT-PERRIER: Laurent-Perrier is a Champagne house founded in 1812. Nestled in a Grand Cru village at the crossroads of three main winegrowing areas, Laurent-Perrier is the largest female-owned, family-run, fiercely independent estates focusing exclusively on champagne. Passed down from generation to generation, Laurent-Perrier continues to offer unique experiences for champagne lovers all over the world.Learn more about their story here.
Since 1996, when the Shull’s planted Harbinger Vineyard high in the Chehalem Mountains, the site produces a lean expression of Pinot Noir in all but the warmest vintages. With over 2400 vines per acre, this single-guyot trellised site is densely planted by Oregon Standards. The top of the vineyard is about 800 feet above sea level, providing cool nights and slow ripening of the 100% Pinot Noir plantings. In the particularly cool vintage of 2011, a switch went on in Scott Shull’s brain…sparkle it! Henceforth, their approach to this 21-year old vineyard has been to focus on classic Méthode Champenoise. In 2015 Raptor Ridge Winery decided to increase the production by adding Tuscowallame Estate Pinot Noir, which comes from their highest block and contains a mixture of clones. Both vineyards are farmed identically. The base wine ferments and rests en tirage for about three years, before disgorgement and dosage to complete the wine for final bottling.
ABOUT THE RAPTOR RIDGE WINERY: Owned and operated by Scott and Annie Shull, the duo have been nurturing Raptor Ridge for 26 years – from a “garage” winery, to the clearing of their vineyard in 2000 and the opening of their tasting room in 2010. The Shull’s winegrowing focuses on quality, consistency and intrigue. Their wines express simplicity, while also having layers of sensory complexity on the palate and mind. Learn more about their journey here.
Gaspard Bulles Sparkling Rosé Loire Valley, France
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
“Bulles”, meaning “bubbles” in French, is the perfect name for this wine. This sparkling, fruity Rosé is full of red berries. It makes for a perfect aperitif wine, great for any celebration, or while snacking on other nibbles.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are handpicked, pressed. The first fermentation occurs with natural yeast in tanks. The wine is then filtered and bottled with liqueur de tirage to start the second fermentation in bottles. The wine is disgorged and topped up with more wine, zero sugar added. Total time in cellar is 36 months.
ABOUT THE GASPARD: Gaspard is one ofJenny & François‘ house labels, these wines come from their exclusive cooperation with carefully selected winemakers in France and beyond. The growers they are partnered with work sustainably and organically to produce the purest wine. These Loire Valley wines focus on the nature of the wine, while also staying in a friendly budget to their consumers. All wines are made with tradition and use the most popular varieties of their regions.Learn more about their story here.
Delinquente Wine Co. Tuff Nutt Bianco Pet Nat Riverland, South Australia
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
The 2021 “Tuff Nutt” Bianco Pet Nat is bright and clean with intense tropical citrus bursting from the glass. Fresh and persistent bubbles pop in the mouth while the fruity flavors become more savory and herbaceous on the end. After being fermented with wild vineyard yeast in stainless steel, the wine was bottled under crown seal to finish fermenting – this resulted in the naturally sparkling style.
WINEMAKER NOTES: 2021 was the kindest vintage we have experienced in 9 years of Delinquente – a La Nina cycle bringing good spring rainfall, mild summer temperatures and cool, crisp nights. The Sherwood Estate vineyard in Loxton has the only planting of Bianco d’Alessano in Australia – the vines are now coming up to 15 years old, are looking as healthy and strong as ever, and producing some wonderful fruit year on year. – Delinquente Wine Co.
Delinquente Wine Co. Weeping Juan Pink Pet Nat Riverland, South Australia
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
The “Weeping Juan” Pink Pet Nat blend has super bright red fruit that cut through the citrus and stone-fruit notes of the wine. It is hazy blush in the glass, and the nose is super clean with a pleasant yeastiness. The fine spritz of the “Weeping Juan” makes this wine perfect for all-day and all-night drinking. Each variety used in this blend was picked and fermented separately. The final wine was blended and bottled just before the ‘Nero d’Avola’ finishing ferment, which created the natural sparkling style.
WINEMAKER NOTES: 2021 was the kindest vintage we have experienced in 9 years of Delinquente – a La Nina cycle bringing good spring rainfall, mild summer temperatures and cool, crisp nights. The Bassham Family Organic and Biodynamic vineyard, bursting with natural vitality and life, took full advantage of Mother Nature’s gift and produced beautiful quality fruit – sweet, layered, and with piercing acidity – and plenty of it too! – Delinquente Wine Co.
ABOUT DELINQUENTE WINE CO.: Delinquente, meaning ‘delinquent’ in Italian is a winery making small batch, minimal intervention wines from Southern Italian grape varieties grown in Riverland, South Australia. These organically grown, hand-made wines reflect the sun and the red dirt that are unique to the Australian terroir of the Riverland. Since their climate can become so hot and dry, Delinquente Wine Co. chose wine varieties suited for these extreme conditions. This decision allowed them to create more environmentally sustainable wines with lower alcohol levels, yet loads of freshness and flavor. Learn more about the winery here.
This attractively colored rosé has a sweet nose of red fruits. On the palate, the mouthfeel is light and fresh with flavors of red fruits.
Analysis: 11.5% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Red Grenache
Vineyard: Viña Rials Aging: 6 months on lees Yield: 35 Hl/Ha Vine aged: 22 years Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers Pruning: Royat doble Height and exposition: 100m, EST Soil: Granites (“sualó”) Climate: Maritime Mediterranean Winemaker: Xavier Garcia Annual Production: 5,000 bottles Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up to 3 years
Food Pairing: Ideal as an aperitif or with fresh pasta, rice dishes, or grilled snails Recent Awards:
Guía Peñín 2018: 87 points
Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018: 9.14 points
WINEMAKING: “The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks on its own fine lees from November to February in order to give the wine more volume, and to prepare it to improve its evolution throughout time . The second fermentation has taken place in bottle for two months more to attain the sparkling point that we wish.” – Alella Vinícola
Although the Ona Blanc de Noir is a black grape variety, the color is golden with soft reflections. On the nose, there are intense, yet delicate aromas of cherries, strawberries, raspberries, peaches and clean cut grass. On the palate, the bubbles are crisp and well integrated into the wine. The wine is refreshing and highlights all of the flavors of white and red fruit with a honeyed, long finish.
Analysis: 12% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Red Grenache
Vineyard: Viña Rials Aging: Minimum of 12 months in bottle Yield: 25 Hl/Ha Vine aged: 15 years Farming: Organic without herbicide, insecticide and inorganic fertilizers Pruning: Royat doble Height and exposition: 100m, EST Soil: Granites (“sualó”) Climate: Maritime Mediterranean Winemaker: Xavier Garcia Annual Production: 2,500 bottles Aging Potential: Drink now or mature for up to 8 years Recent Awards:
Guía Peñín 2018: 89 points
Robert Parker: 88 points
Guia de Vins de Catalunya 2018: 9.15 points
Great Premi Vinari 2015 Reserva Sparkling Wines
ABOUT ALELLA VINÍCOLA: Family owned and operated, Alella Vinícola has been operating in the heart of the D.O. Alella, Spain since 1906 – just over 9 miles north of Barcelona. Brothers Samuel and Xavier Garcia perform all of the tasks of managing the winery from planting the vineyards to the commercialization of their wines. The winery’s wines are characterized by the Mediterranean climate and are always produced free of herbicides, insecticides and inorganic fertilizers. Learn more about the winery here.
The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex flavors of pear, spice and hazelnut and is fresh, yet has great depth. It is lightly fruity with great finesse.
Analysis: 12.5% alcohol / volume Appellation: Anderson Valley Varietals: Approximately 60% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir pH: 3.1 Residual Sugar: 12 g/L Aging: Aged a minimum of two years on the yeast Awards:
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 1, 2020
93 Points – The Wine Advocate, September 2020
93 Points – Decanter, July 2020
92 Points – Decanter, January 2020
92 Points, Smart Buy – Wine Spectator, August 31, 2019
90 Points – Wine & Spirits, August 2019
92 Points, Best Buy – Wine & Spirits, August 2018
93 Points, #27 Top 100 Wines for 2018 – Wine Spectator, July 31, 2018
ABOUT ROEDERER ESTATE: Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate is among a very few California sparkling wine houses that only sources estate-grown fruit and builds upon a centuries-old tradition of winemaking. Nestled in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, the Estate’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows the grapes to mature slowly on the vine and develop full varietal character. Learn more about the Estate here.
The Crémant Rosé has nice pink reflections and salmon tones supported by an elegant effervescence. On the palate, there are notes of delicate red fruit that bring roundness and body together to make a complete wine.
Analysis: 11.98% alcohol / volume Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir Residual Sugar: 9.8 g/L Total Acidity: 3.18 g/L Vinification: 100% hand harvested, extended and soft pressed, 6-8 weeks controlled fermentation in stainless steel, then laid on racks for a minimum of 12 months. Aging Capacity: Enjoy it now or keep it up to 3 years Serving Temperature: 44.6ºF-46.4ºF Pairings: Excellent for festive occasions. Awards:
Silver Vinalies Internationales 2020
90 points – Wine Enthusiast 2020
ABOUT CRÉMANT D’ALSACE APPELLATION D’ORIGINE CONTRÔLÉE: “Crémant d’Alsace Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée was created in 1976 to distinguish the wines obtained by the sparkling champagne method. The term “crémant” comes from Champagne where it was fallen in disuse. It was the recognition of the efforts made by several Alsatian winemakers, including the Maison Lucien Albrecht.” – Lucien Albrecht
ABOUT THE WINERY: The Maison Lucien Albrecht’s origins can be traced back to 1698 when Balthazar Albrecht settled in Orschwihr, a small Alsatian village ideal for it’s growing conditions. Eight generations later, the family continues to work in these same unique terroirs creating world renowned wines. Passed down from father to son, each generation has adapted its wine-growing and wine-making methods gradually to get the very best out of the terroir, while still producing authentic wines, characteristic to Alsace. Learn more about the family history here.
Pitars Prosecco Millesimato Extra Dry Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
BUBBLY WINE STYLE
The Pitars Prosecco Millesimato Extra Dry wine is effervescent with a fine and persistent perlage. It is pale, straw yellow in color with hints of green tones. On the nose, there is a rich range of fruit with aromas of wisteria, acacia flowers, unripe apples, lemons and grapefruits. The wine is full-bodied and has a pleasant acidity that is both fresh and dry.
Soil: Gravely of alluvial foothill origin, typical of the land named “Grave del Friuli” Grapes: Pure Glera grape Growing System: Guyot Harvest: First two weeks of September Vinification: White vinification. First fermentation occurs in steel vats at controlled temperature, where selected yeasts are added. Bubbles are created inside low-temperature pressure tanks – Martinotti-Charmat method. Fining: In bottle Serving Temperature: 46.4ºF-50ºF Food Pairings: Versatile with any occasion, pairs well with hors d’oeuvres Awards: Gilber & Gaillard, Gold Medal
The Pitars Rosé has elegant and persistent bubbles. It is a very fresh and lightly aromatic wine. Brilliant pale pink in color; the nose is delicate, floral and fruity, with notes of strawberry, raspberry and rose.
Analysis: 11.5% alcohol / volume TA: 5.6 g/l Sugar: 18.5 g/l Pressure: 4.5 bar Soil: Gravely of alluvial foothill origin Growing System: Guyot Harvest: First week of September, manual harvest Vinification: White vinification. First fermentation takes place is steel vats at controlled temperatures – this is where the selected yeasts are added. The wine becomes bubbly inside these low-temperature pressure takes, known as the Charmat method. Aging: Six months in bottle Serving Temperature: 45ºF-50ºF Food Pairings: Versatile with any occasion, or ideal as an aperitif Awards: James Suckling, 90 pts. | Bibenda, 3 Bunches
ABOUT THE WINERY: Winemaking has been in the Pittaro family for many centuries – dating back to 1644. In 1880 Romano Pittaro, imported Merlot vines from France into Friuli, Italy. His son, Angelo Pittaro, built the first modern winery called the Cantina San Martino – later changing the name to Pitars to honor the family name. Today, the winery is still in the family’s hands, passed down from generation to generation. They continue to honor their family tradition in the craft of making excellent wine. Learn more about their family business here.