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S. Anderson Brut 1997

Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Napa Valley, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The deep, complex aromas draw you in with their opulence. This wine rewards the palate with everything the nose promises. The exceptionally small bubbles bring forth full bodied flavors with accents of light green apple and fresh yeast. The Brut is so well balanced and elegant that it would grace any occasion be it white linen and caviar or an aperitif for special friends and family.

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    S. Anderson

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    S. Anderson, Napa Valley, California
    S. Anderson began with their first vineyard in 1971. The winery was completed in the fall of 1989, and the estate is now complete with vineyards, winery, gardens and wine caves. It is also home to the Anderson family. The 120 acres of vineyards, planted exclusively to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, lie in two of the world's most prestigious grape growing areas: The Stags Leap and Carneros Districts of the Napa Valley.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

    The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Non-Vintage

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    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.

    UCW15001_1997 Item# 56025