I must admit, this was no ordinary Summer! Though, things are getting a bit better in NJ, we have fewer cases Covid 19 everyday and a low infection rate, still things are far from normal and so different from preCovid times.
It was also the first summer in years I spent working, maybe I should toast to that, that I was able to work and to learn! Part of the summer, I spent attending many wine webinars, brushing up and looking for topics to write in my blog, and though, I didn’t have a proper vacation like every year, that didn’t stop me from enjoying other things, like walks in the park, outdoors lunch and dinners with friends (always respecting social distancing), series binge watching (right now I’m exploring non Netflix venues, like Britbox, Hulu and Amazon Prime), and let’s not forget the streaming of concerts and plays (specially from Argentina).
With a few days left before the end of the summer and before autumn comes lurking in, I decided to wave this summer goodbye with a picnic at the park enjoying a delicious bottle of sparkling white from boutique winery Sosie Wines.
Sosie’s owner and winemaker Scott MacFiggen and his wife Regina make a line that includes still (red, white and rosé) and sparkling wines made from Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc and Rhone varieties: Roussanne and Syrah.
All of their vineyards are located in the very heart of California’s wine country, spread nearby Sonoma and Napa Valley. They are either certified organic or organic farmed, meaning grown without pesticides or chemicals, always protecting the health of the soils, the purity of the air and water, and the preservation of the local ecosystems.
Sosie Sparkling white 2018 is made from 100% Roussanne grapes sourced from their Vivio Vineyards, in Sonoma county. I admit I was looking forward to tasting this sample, since this is a first for me, most of the new world sparkling wines I tasted in the past were always either from Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. The base wine was completely fermented with native yeasts, followed by malolactic fermentation in neutral oak casks. The bubbles were created using the traditional method (or Champenoise) with second fermentation in the bottle and aging on its lees for 14 months before degorge. No dosage was added, yielding a “Brut nature”, dry style.
This big body bubbly is full of ripe pear, herbal verbena and honey notes, interlaced with yeasty and almond flavors. Ending clean and polished.
Only 45 cases of this wine were produced. The suggested retail price is $30, and best of all, you can buy this directly from the winery via this link.
Happy Labor Day! Bye bye Summer! Can’t wait to say bye bye to Covid 19 too, Cheers! Silvina.
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