St. Helena, Calif. – Paula Kornell Sparkling Wines introduces the California Brut NV to the line of California sparkling wines made using the traditional method, Méthode Champenoise.
The California Brut is a non-vintage wine sourced from grapes grown in the River Junction AVA of California and will be available next month in time for Valentine’s Day, complementing the inaugural 2017 vintage of the Napa Valley Blanc de Noir that Paula Kornell released last October.
River Junction is one of California’s coolest AVAs; it lies at the confluence of the San Joaquin and Stanislaus Rivers and is recognized for its unique combination of climate and soil. The area acts as a depository for cooler maritime air, causing land surrounding the river junction to be an average of two to five degrees cooler than other Central Valley areas. The soil is also unique in this area-it’s the only place that a substantial amount of Grangeville fine sandy loam is found.
Winemaker Robin Akhurst has worked with Paula to craft the two wines-California Brut and Napa Valley Blanc de Noir-in unique yet complementary styles that reflect their respective vineyard sites. The California Brut is 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir, with lees aging for nearly one year before disgorgement.
“The California Brut is an introduction to Paula Kornell Sparkling Wines,” says owner and vintner Paula Kornell. “It has all the elegance, refinement, and freshness that one would expect from the best bubbles.”
Paula Kornell’s partner in this project, Vintage Wine Estates, also looks forward to bringing this wine to market, offering consumers a high-quality sparkling wine option at an approachable price point.
Retailing at $22, this hugely enjoyable sparkling wine is the ideal bottle to gift or share on Valentine’s Day; celebratory and uplifting, it encapsulates friendship, joie de vivre, and a sense of togetherness.
Eve’s Tasting Notes
Gold in color, with a rose gold edge (look for it!) and small excited bubbles racing to the top in a crazy chase scene = how this wine will greet you. On the nose I found fresh white peach, ripe yellow delicious apple, pencil lead/graphite, with lovely hints of jasmine and sandalwood. The taste brought back that same apple as well as apricot jam, cheddar cheese, oak and a medium acid for a long delightful finish.
About Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine
Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine is the namesake brand of one of Napa Valley’s leading women in wine, who has lived and breathed this premier wine-growing region all her life. With two sparkling wines that draw on California’s past while attracting contemporary lovers of champagne and bubbles in general, Paula builds on the legacy of her family’s winery Hanns Kornell Champagne Cellars, the first to use “méthode champenoise” in California. Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine is about crafting wines that are stylish, sophisticated, and engaging, and-importantly for Paula-food-friendly. Designed to be drunk with friends and family, raise a toast to California’s history and the rich pleasure of enjoying Paula Kornell Sparkling Wine. www.paulakornell.com.
About Vintage Wine Estates
Vintage Wine Estates is a privately held wine company founded by a group of vintner families with deep roots in the wine business. VWE owns a prestige collection of winery estates and brands-referred to as “our string of pearls”-signifying the quality and legacy of these iconic wines. They span the most significant winegrowing regions: Napa, Sonoma, California’s Central Coast, Washington State and Oregon. Labels include Clos Pegase, Girard, Delectus, Swanson, Cosentino, Cherry Pie, B.R. Cohn, Firesteed, Laetitia, Qupé, and an extensive portfolio of lifestyle and exclusive wine brands. VWE also produces the luxury spirits marques from the Splinter Group and No 209 Gin. An industry leader across all sales channels and dedicated to providing wine and spirits consumers with a range of wines from $10 to $150. www.vintagewineestates.com.