While Agoston Haraszthy was most recognized as being the Father of California viticulture, he was also the father of six illustrious children. His third son, Arpad, spent over two years in France learning the craft of sparkling wine and later become the first to introduce Methode Traditionelle sparkling wine into California winemaking. Arpad’s sparkling wine, Eclipse, was one of the most celebrated in the nineteenth century; we pay tribute to his legacy through this Brute sparkling wine of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes.
The grapes are 100% Carneros fruit and were hand harvested in the late evening hours when the temperatures were coolest. The Pinot Noir grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters and the juice slowly fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60° to 62° F. The dosage was 8 gm/L and the wine was made in the traditional method.
Displays elegant apple and pear aromatics that dance delicately on the nose.
Seductively crisp and refreshing on the palate, citrus flavors of Meyer lemon and clementine are supported by intricate layers of vanilla bean, mineral and stone.