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Brut Reserve Natural
The most famous sparkling wine in the world is undoubtedly France’s Champagne. Produced from the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes, it is produced using the labor-intensive process called Méthode Champenoise, or Méthode Tradionnelle. In that process, the wine ferments a second time in the same bottle that is eventually sold to the consumer and typically takes 3-5 years to produce.
Thornton Winery produces our Brut Natural using that same difficult and lengthy Méthode Champenoise process. We are in fact, the first and original winery in Temecula to produce a sparkling wine in this manner, going back to 1988. Typically utilizing both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it ages on its lees to produce a complex sparkling wine with fine bubbles and outstanding character. A sparkling wine finished with little or no added sugar is termed “Natural” and ours is indeed extremely dry. This special wine is waiting to pair with a variety of foods or toast any special occasion.
Aroma: Crisp citrus and fresh-cut herbs, leading to green and red apple.
Palate: Lemon and tart green apple, with tart palate-cleansing acidity. Very dry finish with more fresh-cut herbs.
Pairing: Appetizers, oysters, and seafood are all classic pairings for a Natural sparkling wine. Toast any special occasion or don’t wait and enjoy anytime.