Gilbert Cellars, Pétillant Naturel 2021, Columbia Valley, WA
This Riesling-based Pèt-Nat has a delightful effervescence and notes of tropical fruit, green apple, and citrus with a lively acidity.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Columbia Valley
GRAPES: Riesling, topped with dosage of still Grüner Veltliner
SOIL: loam, hard durapan
PRACTICE: Vegan, gluten free, natural, practicing sustainable
VINIFICATION: One month in stainless steel, no malolactic, topped with dosage of still Grüner Veltliner, no residual sugar
COLOR: Pale golden honey, slight cloudiness
PRIMARY AROMAS: Pear, quince, tropical fruit
FLAVOR: Key lime pie, lemon, green apple, prickly acidity, clean and fresh with some texture from the lees
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION: Sushi would be a great pairing with this sparkling, as well as tempura or pork gyoza.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER:
Gilbert Cellars is a family-run winery in Yakima, Washington, focusing on handcrafted, small batches of authentic Washington wines, with a strong sense of community and hospitality. With a deep, five generations-old connection to the Yakima Valley farming land (and its own 8,200-foot Gilbert Peak!), the Gilbert family and their partners dedicate their energies and skills to create wines that celebrate the terroir and the communities in it. Gloria and Charlie Gilbert, Le Cordon Bleu alumni and world-class hospitality masters, partnered with Justin Neufeld, a Washington winemaking veteran with a deep knowledge of the terroir diversities in Columbia Valley, to bottle the best expressions of Yakima Valley vintage after vintage.
Justin Neufeld, Winemaker
Justin showcases the flavors of the vineyards through each step of the growing and production process. Our resident wine geek, Justin has a degree in molecular biology, but outdoor pursuits (backpacking, climbing)—and a serendipitous introduction to noted Washington winemaker Doug Gore—drove him out of the lab and into the vineyards. He finessed his skills at Chateau St. Michelle, Silver Lake, and Glen Fiona before joining Gilbert Cellars in 2007.
ABOUT THE VINEYARD:
Part of the Hackett Ranch, what was once a working cattle ranch bought by H. M. Gilbert in 1920, Sunrise Vineyard was planted to apples for 90 years. That is, until 2003, when we decided a few parts of it might make a fine location for grapes. The altitude of the vineyard—at nearly 1,400 feet—seems to agree with our aromatic white varietals: Riesling & Chardonnay.
Sunrise sits at the base of the Cascade Mountains, with Ahtanum Ridge to the south. The site’s warm days and cool nights gently ripen the fruit, preserving its natural acidity and elevating the aromatics.
The vineyard is named for a group of hiker cabins built in the 1900s at the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier. Brought off-mountain to the Gilbert family farm in the 1940s as housing for seasonal workers, the cabins now serve as guest quarters for visiting family and friends.
ABOUT THE LABEL: “Cowiche Canyon” by Jackie Jones