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Date Printed: 8/30/2014
Korbel Natural 2007
Korbel Natural 2007
(search item no. 105309)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 8/30/2014: $14.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is always at the heart of Korbel Natural. Eleven unique Pinot Noir vineyards were used in the final 2007 blend. Pinot Noir gives our Natural a delicately rounded fruit profile of tart cherries and raspberries. The Chardonnay portion of the 2007 Natural blend came from seven different vineyards, many of which are in the coolest portions of the Russian River Valley and contribute to the firm, crisp green-apple backbone.
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About Korbel:

The Korbel Winery began operation in 1882. Two years later, noted winemaker Frank Hasek came to California from Prague and become the first Korbel champagne-master. Employing méthode champenoise, the time-honored French technique of producing champagne, the Korbels quietly experimented with various cuvées. And by the turn of the century, Korbel had become an internationally known and award-winning champagne label. The tradition was kept alive for the next half-century until 1954, when the winery was sold to Adolf Heck. Adolf Heck arrived in Sonoma with yeast cultures in hand. He brought and preserved them from his native Germany and they are still in use today. In 1956 he re-introduced Korbel Brut in a style that was lighter and drier than any American champagne on the market, making it the first champagne developed specifically for American tastes. He also invented and patented the first automatic riddling machine which eliminated the danger of exploding bottles.