Pétillant naturel is the oldest method of making sparkling wine. It is also known as the méthode ancestrale or ancestral method. This winemaking technique involves bottling wine that is still fermenting to trap carbon dioxide gas in the bottle, creating a gentle carbonation. Pét-nat wines (as they’re called) are becoming more popular as part of the general trend toward natural wine.
2022 Points West White - Old Oak Vineyard, Creston Ridge Vineyard Retail: $40 Wine Club $32
On the nose, ripe white peaches, hami melon with some vanilla bean. There is an alluring, sweet herbed walnut note; the nose is intricate and balanced. This wine hits the palate with fine acidity, tingling pineapple, a squeeze of sweet lime, or perhaps its crushed leaf. But there is depth and richness here: lemon meringue pie!! An outstanding balance of acid and depth that carries long on the finish.
2022 Chenin Blanc - Chen Vineyard, Adelaida District Retail: $45 Wine Club $36
The nose has a certain richness, displaying ripe pear and lychee, perhaps some pineapple; there is a tickle of garden herbs, as always, the ever-present limestone minerality underlies all. The palate shows a delicate pineapple core and soft lemon pith with hints of grassiness, and the richness of the nose shows a glycerin texture on the palate. Classic.
2022 Riesling - Wirz Vineyard, Cienega Valley Retail: $45 Wine Club $36
This Riesling continues in the tradition of our inaugural ‘21 vintage—racy acidity in the glass with just a smidge of residual sugar to tame it. Herbal notes of fresh thyme give way to citrus rind and honey blossom.