En Tirage "Méthode Champenoise" Extra Brut Sparkling Wine 1990
Pinot Meunier｜Russian River Valley
Proprietors Kay and Don Baumhefner are some of the most influential, yet perhaps unheard-of figures in California wine and cuisine. From launching the careers of Dan Kosta and Michael Browne, of Kosta-Browne fame, to working with Joseph Swan for years, to helping plant the famous Gap's Crown vineyard in Petaluma, they remain heroic figures in the history of California wine.
They produced this late-disgorged rarity in just a handful of vintages; the 1990 is some of the only left and is both a delicious, aged, complex sparkler and a compelling, one-of-a-kind look back into history.
The wine now has deep, rich aromas and flavors unlike almost anything out there. The one and only Michael Broadbent famously compared this wine to a late-disgorged Bollinger Champagne.
Upon opening, it has savory notes of smoked bacon, leather, and dried apricot, slowly unfurling with beeswax, lemon confit, and rich brioche.
The San Francisco Chronicle has a wonderful article about this rare gem. We are one of the only destinations in the country for this piece of California history!