Angeleno Wine Company "California Crackler" Sparkling Wine 2019
White Blend | Los Angeles County
Angeleno Wine Co. has easily been one of our favorite discoveries of late. A their name implies, Angeleno is based out of Los Angeles and is a champion of the southern California wine scene. They're the first urban L.A. winery to open in over 100 years!
Their "Cali Crackler" is a totally unique sparkling wine made from a blend of Moscato Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon. The Moscato hails from the Alonso Family vineyard an hour north of L.A.; the Sauv Blanc and Sémillon from the Swayze Vineyard. Swayze is an absolutely unreal patch of vines sitting at 3000 feet elevation in the middle of the Mojave desert, from the awesomely-named "Antelope Valley of the California High Desert." The high altitude means huge swings in temperature – at night it will drop to near-freezing, even in the middle of summer. The cold temps delay ripening, prolong the growing season, and make for a wildly tropical, highly aromatic profile in the finished wine.
They barrel-ferment the wine and bottle unfined and unfiltered, with no dosage – this is brut nature, slightly opaque, raw and beautiful. We secured this now-sold-out bubbly direct from the winey; they made only 85 cases and this is the only place you'll find it in the world!