Gina Hennen had ascended to the position of associate winemaker when she started the secondary fermentation in the bottle – tirage in French – for the inaugural vintage of this program at iconic Adelsheim in the Chehalem Mountains. The base wine was a blend of Chardonnay from the estate Bryan Creek Vineyard with that of Crawford Beck in the Van Duzer-cooled Eola-Amity Hills. After 58 months en tirage came with disgorgement on Feb. 24, 2020, and the finishing addition of dosage, less than 0.4% residual sugar. Its classic methode Champenoise nose brings lemon, pear and baked bread with a whiff of marzipan. Inside, everything is there and in balance with a frothy mousse, a citrusy profile that leans more lime than lemon, and a downright refreshing approach. It’s a stellar template that we can hope is underway for the release of the 2015 edition next fall in advance of the 2021 holiday season.
Production: 53 cases
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