Cruse Tradition (2019 Base)
This wine is from the 2019 base vintage with 30% perpetual cuvée added. The blend is nearly 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot noir. The primary vineyards are Keefer Ranch, Alder Springs, Linda Vista, and Rorick Vineyard.
The grapes were pressed using a traditional Champagne cycle and press cut. The wine proceeded through a native primary and malolactic fermentation in barrel and wooden tanks. No sulfur was used in the élevage. The wine was racked once and tirage bottled without fining or filtering. After approximately 18 months in bottle, the wine was riddled and disgorged à la volée with zero dosage and no sulfur.
An intense perfume of earth, fruit, and pastry. Straw, honeycomb, pear overlay a light autolytic nose. On the palate, delicate berry fruit, early season melon, with bright acidity. A wine of tremendous body and weight. The oak woodlands of California on a warm summer day.