🍇 Pinot Meunier
Region: Sonoma, California
Farming/Vinification: The van der Kamp Vineyard lies at the very top of the eastern side of Sonoma Mountain, at 1,400 foot elevation looking down on the town of Glen Ellen to the east and Bennett Valley to the northwest. Sonoma Mountain was once part of the Pacific Ocean floor, and thus has a patchwork of diverse soils, from Speckles loam, Volcanic Tuff and decomposed streambed. Sonoma Mountain itself has been inhabited for thousands of years, and van der Kamp has been farmed for well over one hundred. The Marin and Sonoma tribe, the Coast Miwok, believed that the top of the mountain was where life first began, as they thought the world was born from the ocean floor. The van der Kamp vineyard and surrounding areas were an important religious site, and still are to this day. Van der Kamp was planted in 1953, making it the oldest Pinot Noir vines (still producing) in California. The family farms the entire site organically.
Notes: Salmon-hued yet electric in the glass, this sparkling Rosé exhibits crushed rose, fresh strawberry, and subtle spice with perfect texture to balance the lively acidity.