Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs
Our Blanc de Noirs is predominantly made from hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes, the hallmarks of which are a vibrant red fruit character. The creamy palate and rosy hue are a result of a small addition of Vin Gris, which was blended into the base cuvée. Over forty different clones and selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are planted on our 340-acre estate in the Sonoma Carneros district. This allows us to consistently produce cuvées with complexity and clear fruit expression.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
On the one hand fresh and fruity but, on the other, showing a nicely tailored complement of explicit autolysis both on the nose and in the mouth, Gloria Ferrer’s most recent Blanc de Noirs finds a place on the winery’s lengthening roster of bubblies earning enthusiastic “Good Value” recommendation, and, while there are certainly more complex versions to be had, it is a complete and inviting wine that touches all of the Blanc de Noirs bases while showing surprising refinement and polish given its modest price. As in the past, it hints at Rosé in terms of its fruity richness and weight, and it will do double duty as a tasty solo sipper and an agreeable cohort to salmon or chicken dishes alike.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.
A term typically reserved for Champagne and Sparkling Wines, non-vintage or simply “NV” on a label indicates a blend of finished wines from different vintages (years of harvest). To make non-vintage Champagne, typically the current year’s harvest (in other words, the current vintage) forms the base of the blend. Finished wines from previous years, called “vins de reserve” are blended in at approximately 10-50% of the total volume in order to achieve the flavor, complexity, body and acidity for the desired house style. A tiny proportion of Champagnes are made from a single vintage.
There are also some very large production still wines that may not claim one particular vintage. This would be at the discretion of the winemaker’s goals for character of the final wine.