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2015 Ovation Sparkling Wine

Winemaker Notes The inaugural vintage of Ovation Sparkling Wine is scented with stone fruit, white flower, exotic guava notes and a hint of toasted brioche. Delicate, refined acid structure and with focused layers of Meyer lemon, ripe pear and just picked apricots highlight an expansive mouth feel and lingering finish. Following disgorging, a dosage of aged reserve wine was added for balance. Exceptional upon release, with additional flavor benefits when cellared.

Winemaking Data Bottling Date: July 2016
Disgorge Dates: January 14-17, 2020
Aging: 3 years en tirage
Alcohol: 13.5%
TA: 0.98 g/100ml
pH: 3.02
RS: 8.4 g/L

Vintage Notes The 2015 Sonoma Coast growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. Bud break was 3-4 weeks earlier than normal, followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were cool, but August and September were consistently warm, creating conditions for one of the earliest harvests on record. The early growing season resulted in extremely small clusters and berries with intense flavor and tannin structure. The early harvest allowed our winemaking team the ability to capture the natural acidity in the fruit with ideal sugar accumulation.

Reviews 94 Points - Robert Parker Wine Advocate
The 2015 Ovation Sparkling is the inaugural vintage of sparkling made in the ancestral method. It is made from Chardonnay (and 20% Pinot Noir) from the Freestone Vineyards. Ovation was originally made as a still Chardonnay, but after founder Joseph Phelps's passing in 2015, this Ovation sparkling was created to honor him. It's a beautiful wine with intense aromas of ripe orchard fruits and layers of pastry, saline, almonds and brioche from its three years' tirage. The palate is expansive with a creamy mousse, and its bright acidity is balanced by eight grams of dosage. It finishes with loads of flavor and juiciness. This was disgorged in January of 2020. -EB (June 2021)

94 Points - James Suckling
Lovely new sparkling wine with density and richness, as well as a very fine bead of bubbles. It’s full and layered. Tangy and rich with slightly exotic character in the palate. Transparent and bright. -JS (May, 2021)

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Long-established Napa label Joseph Phelps first produced this wine in still form back in the 1990s, but when the vineyard’s eponymous owner passed away five years ago, his family turned the wine into a sparkling iteration (80% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Noir) in his honor. This premium, age-worthy wine’s branding offers a black backdrop that references Phelps’s legacy, with an image of a grape tendril growing around a wire guide (the trellising system used to guide growing grapes). Tasting Notes: Peach, vanilla, brioche -Kat Odell, Dec. 2020

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When the winery’s founder passed away in 2015, the team set out to create a vintage dedicated to his legacy with their first-ever sparkling wine. The grapes were harvested in 2015 before the blend of 80 percent chardonnay and 20 percent pinot noir were bottled in the summer of 2016 and aged for three years. The wine’s layers and complexity reflect the natural burst in flavors that were present in the small grape clusters from the harvest year’s early growing season. -Jillian Dara, Dec. 2020

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Blend and Grape Sources 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir from our Freestone Vineyards

Appellation Sonoma Coast

Aging/Cooperage 3 years en tirage

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