POPUP Sparkling Wine 2018
Modern and immediate. This evolution of bubbles. POPUP says YES to purity. YES to integrity. YES to flavor. Single vineyard, noble varietal, POPUP smells of honeysuckle, orange blossom, lilac with peach, lemon curd and pie crust. Smooth, long and delicious. POPUP for the moment and the moment is now!
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
All from the Evergreen Vineyard and with around 8 grams of dosage, the 2018 POPUP is clean and vibrant, with juicy peach and green all notes balanced by bright acidity. It's clean, classy, and has a fine mousse and a great finish. Made by the team at K Vintners, drink this undeniably delicious sparkling wine any time over the coming year or so.
In paying homage to the Old World in this New World project, I'm using Chardonnay, the noble varietal of Burgundy and Champagne, and techniques from the greatest sparkling wine regions in the world. Washington State is my home and I stick to my origins in winemaking. Single-vineyard, single-varietal, sustainably farmed and native fermented. Pure, and always, 100% Washington State.
Up until this moment, my mission has been HONESTY and COMMUNICATION. And now I add a new chapter of ART and TRADITION. Yes, I've embraced color. No more just black and white for me, Mom. From the throwback crown cap that reminds you of the familiar, to the actionable pop art label that suggests what you'll find within. Delicious, exciting and infinitely pleasant to drink. POPUP is The New Pop Culture.
An important winegrowing state increasingly recognized for its high-quality reds and whites, Washington ranks second in production in the U.S. after California. Washington wines continue to gain well-deserved popularity as they garner higher and higher praise from critics and consumers alike.
Washington winemakers draw inspiration mainly from Napa Valley, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as increasingly from other regions like Spain and Italy. Most viticulture takes place on the eastern side of the state—an arid desert in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains. Irrigation is made possible by the Columbia River. Temperatures are extreme, with hot and dry summers and cold winters, during which frost can be a risk.
Washington’s wine industry was initially built on Merlot, which remains an important variety to this day, despite having been overtaken in acreage planted by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Bordeaux blends and Rhône blends are common as well as single varietal bottlings. Washington reds tend to express a real purity of concentrated fruit. The best examples have a bold richness, seamless texture, plush or powdery tannins and flavors such as licorice, herb, forest floor, espresso and dark chocolate.
In terms of white wine, Riesling is the state’s major success story, producing crisp, aromatic examples with plenty of stone fruit that range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc perform nicely here as well, and Viognier is beginning to pick up steam.
Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.