Cuvée L'Inconnu 2013 Blanc de Blancs
Winemaking Notes: Cuvée L'Inconnu (meaning the unknown) is made from a single vintage, single vineyard in the traditional Méthode Champenoise. It was harvested in the foggy, early morning hours from our Wente Block, and is 100% Chardonnay. Lightly pressed with stems to stainless steel tank, it fermented there, then the juice was racked to a 2nd tank where it rested 9 months. April 2014, we put it through its secondary fermentation and capped it. It rested on lees for 4 years. In late Spring 2018, the sparkling wine was disgorged, topped off with the same vintage sans dosage (no sugar added), then corked, caged, labeled & foiled in our cellar in Santa Barbara. The flavor profile of the wine reflects where the vines are anchored, in silty soil on the cool banks of the Santa Ynez River. It's loaded with citrus notes balanced by minerality. The extended time on the lees gives a nice mid-palate weight.The finish is clean, fresh and focussed. Authentic, climate driven wine with no manipulation.
180 cases ~ harvested July 26, 2013
Disgorged ~ April-May 2018
Farming ~ Organic
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Vinous Review: 93 Points
The 2013 Blanc de Blancs Cuvée L'Inconnu is powerful, rich and resonant in the glass, with tremendous depth in all of its elements. Beautifully expressive, chalky and intense, the 2013 has so much to offer. This chalky, hillside site yields Chardonnays of notable breadth and power, which is exactly what comes through here. This is a stellar wine from Wenzlau. Ideal Drinking Window: 2020-2031