2013 RMS Brut DD 10 Year
ABOUT THE RMS DELAYED DISGORGEMENT
Picture a harmonious blend of barrel-fermented Pinot Noir and Chardonnay base wines from various vineyard sites, united over a decade ago in this very bottle.
The marriage of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay into a complex, seamlessly fruity delight is a patient process, particularly exemplified in the case of this RMS Sparkler which has reached its pinnacle after ten years!
After disgorging and a light dosage in the summer of 2023, we now offer this wine as a testament to Oregon’s ability to craft beautifully aged Méthode Champenoise sparkling, solidifying the Willamette Valley as the premier New World region for sparkling wines.
2013 VINTAGE NOTES
We experienced quite a bit of sunshine in the spring but the weather became cool and wet in mid June making it difficult to determine when the midpoint of bloom occurred. Fruit set at about the 3rd week of June which leads to a late September Sparkling grape harvest. The rest of summer was near record dry with a small shot of cool rain in early September that helped dry vines ‘perk up’. Sparkling wine fruit ripened with amazingly matched high acidity to ripe fruit and was picked just before one of the biggest rain events we’ve ever experienced in normally dry September.
This wine is the embodiment of our vision for the Delayed Disgorgement program. A creation that celebrates rich complexity in the mid-palate, inviting you to explore its layers and nuances. It entices with aromas of butterscotch, shortbread cookie, yellow apple, and a touch of white blossoms. On the palate, this wine bursts with fresh flavors of pear and honeysuckle enveloped with toasty biscuit followed by a rich, sumptuous finish.
98 Wine Enthusiast, Editor's Choice | 97 Owen Bargreen, Top 100