Ultra Brut 2016

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Domaine Carneros

Ultra Brut 2016

Region: America / California / Carneros
Grapes: 57% Estate Grown Chardonnay, 43% Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Ultra Brut is a style of Sparkling wine that very dry and brisk. It is a contemplative wine that on flawless balance and appeals to the true aficionado.

91 Points

Wine Spectator

2016 vintage
98 Points

Sunset International Wine Competition

2016 vintage
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harvest note

Our growing season in 2016, in many ways, mirrored that of 2015. An early harvest began on August 1st and continued through August 14th for sparkling wine grapes. The accumulation of growing degree days tracked quite consistently between 2016 and 2015 although with slightly higher yields. The personality of the vintage seems to be a theme of brightness an concentration.

tasting note

Our 2016 vintage is a serious, expressive wine with a focused freshness and exceptionally long finish. A mélange of of fresh cut flowers, key lime, ginger, and honeydew melon on the nose leads to a dry, brisk, beautifully balanced palate of green apple, blanched almond, yuzu, and a touch of mandarin. With a surprising mouthwatering complexity, its bright, crisp fruit and dusty minerality ride on a serious structure, the persistent, palate-cleansing finish lingering on.

technical data

GRAPES: 57% Estate Grown Chardonnay, 43% Estate Grown Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Carneros
PH: 3.1
ACIDITY: 0.78 g/l
ABV: 12%
AGING: Aged 3 1/2 years in our cellar
DOSAGE: 0.5%

points of distinction

  • 100% organically grown estate fruit from the cool-climate Carneros region
  • Made in the méthode traditionnelle, as used in French Champagne
  • Lengthy aging time yields fine, pinpoint bubbles, toasty aroma and rich texture
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