Ultramarine Sparkling Rosé Brut Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2018
Ultramarine Sparkling Rosé Brut Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast 2018 “Quite simply, I can't recommend these wines highly enough.” – Antonio Galloni
Flavor Profile: Strawberries, cream, dried herbs, iron ore, salted plums
Time on Lees: 4 years
Disgorgement Date: November 2022
Dosage: 2 grams per liter
Why We Love It...
If you’ve been a bubbly drinker for a while now, you’ve seen some meteoric rises where a producer seemingly comes out of nowhere, to rise to the very top of their peer class – think Egly-Ouriet in the farmer fizz Champagne category, or the absolutely insane hype about Sea Smoke’s first ever champenoise Cali-sparkler years back in 2008. Ultramarine is primed to be next in line and we fought like mad to get two cases for y’all… at the best price online, of course!
Michael Cruse is the wizard behind the Ultramarine curtain – an upstart garagiste producer making tiny amounts of highly detail oriented wines, from some of California’s best vineyards – all in an effort to redefine how California makes sparkling wines. Just off Highway 101 in Petaluma, this completely ordinary industrial space nevertheless houses one of the most exciting wine projects in California today! Cruse fell head over heels with the intricate and exacting methods of top-notch, site-specific Champagne – the individual plot fermentations, the gentle and precise crushing, the never-ending micro-dosing and blending sessions, the careful aging… just, all of it.
So he sought to replicate all that, here, in an unremarkable industrial park in Petaluma, where form certainly takes a backseat to function. But, like Antonio Galloni remarked after his own visit, “Don't let the stripped down setting fool you. Cruse makes a wide range of incredibly distinctive wines here. The sparkling wines are especially of note.”
Decanter’s William Kelley would further go on to state that “by pioneering the artisanal methods and terroir-driven philosophy of the grower Champagne movement here in North America, it’s fair to say he’s enjoying an influence that’s being felt far beyond his modest facility in Petaluma."
The stage for this cuvee is none other than Sonoma Coast’s famous Charles Heintz vineyard. Set on a ridge over 1000 feet above sea level in Occidental, and only a few miles from the pacific, this site produces some of California’s best pinot noirs and chardonnays – from fabled producers like Williams Selyem, Dumol, Littorai, and more. The sandy Goldridge soil allows for quick draining, while also ensuring minimal pest damage (phylloxera can’t survive in sand, so the AXR1 rootstock absolutely thrives here.) This just might be the only sparkling wine made from this revered vineyard, as the price per ton of this exceptional fruit is some of the highest in all of California for chardonnay and pinot noir grapes.
The assemblage here for this rosé is composed of 49% chardonnay and 51% pinot noir, with 10% of the pinot added as a still wine to produce the color, along with an Extra Brut level dosage of just 2 grams per liter. Expect flavors of ripe Summer strawberries, and sweet cream, but also a distinct savory edge that expresses dried herbs, iron ore, and salted plums. Immensely complex, the wine also holds subtle notes of worn leather and dusty earth. This is as deep and nuanced as California sparkling gets, and the wine is just getting started. Don’t be in a rush to open this rare gem, as its best years are yet to come, but… wow! What a start so far! We have less than TWO cases total of this exceptionally collectible beauty, and you simply can’t find this wine at a better price anywhere – so don’t delay!
Country: United States
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Varietal: Champagne Blends
Blend: 51% Pinot Noir, 49% Chardonnay with 10% of the Pinot Noir coming as a still wine
Winemaker: Michael Cruse
Pair it with: Beef carpaccio with caper berries and egg yolk sauce
About the Producer
Since 1820, Ameztoi has been the mos respected producer in the region of Getariako Txakolina. They produce both traditional wines in large barrels and they were the inventor of rosé txakolina and one of the first to do méthode traditionnelle sparkling wines in the region. They own 20 hectares of vineyards planted high on the seaside cliffs of the village of Getaria. Ignacio Ameztoi is fifth generation and has played an important role in the developement and innovation in Getariako Txakolina over the last 10 years.READ MORE...
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