VINTAGE - 2005
Our Royal Cuvee is a prestige bottling that showcases the superb quality of the grapes grown on our
335-acre estate vineyard in Carneros. The structure and mouthfeel of this wine have evolved over
successive vintages as these impressive vineyard blocks have matured. Made only from the first
pressing of hand-picked grapes, this classic Brut blend of two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third
Chardonnay offers the delicacy and exuberance of perfectly ripe fruit well-integrated with complexities
derived from over five years of aging on the yeast. The inaugural vintage of "Royal Cuvee" was first
served to King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain, during their visit to California in 1987.
Ripe stone fruit medley and citrus intermingle with toast, butter and yeasty aromas on the nose of this
well-developed yet vibrantly fresh sparkling wine. Creamy textures with hints of butterscotch and
almonds support delicious flavors of pears, apples and lemons. The elegantly structured and long
creamy finish is simply irresistible.
This wine pairs beautifully with a wide variety of appetizers ranging from toasted almonds and
marinated olives to fried calamari or seared scallops. Enjoy it with Brie or aged Gouda cheese,
steamed mussels and delicate cream based fish and chicken entrees. Seasoning affinities include
citrus peel and tarragon.
The 2005 vintage began with a very cool, wet spring that slightly delayed bud break and bloom. A mild,
sunny and dry summer further slowed the season, and temperatures through September and into
October remained below 100°F. As a consequence, a longer than normal period between veraison and
harvest provided true hang time.
The cuvee was made exclusively with free-run juice
Grapes were whole-cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds
Base wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 55 - 60F to preserve delicacy
Seventeen base wines were carefully blended to create the final cuvee
The wine was aged for more than five years on the yeast
67% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay
Total acidity: 0.70 g/100 ml
Dosage: 1.31 g/100 ml
Appellation: Sonoma Carneros