"You drink Champagne on Friday and Saturday...on Monday, you drink Pét Nat. That's why we call it MONDAY CLUB!"
As I was walking the rows at our newest estate vineyard, Phelan Farm, in Cambria, California, I could smell the grapes. Beautiful, fresh aromas of watermelon, strawberry, and tomato. I thought, "this would make an amazing pét nat". So we harvested the Pinot Noir a touch earlier than we normally would for still wine. This refreshing, sparkling Pinot Noir was made naturally, with no additives, in our winery here in Lompoc, CA.
As always, when there are bubbles involved, I collaborate with my friend, Michael Cruse. For Monday Club, we made sparkling wine in the méthode ancestral fashion, where primary fermentation finishes in the bottle. Although this technique is often described as less refined than méthode champenoise, we were still able to craft a “pét nat” (Pétillant Naturel) of refinement and delicacy.
An ebullient mousse and a vibrant pink hue are followed by effusive aromatics of watermelon, strawberries, and tomato. Low in alcohol, the wine is light on the palate and finishes with refreshing acidity and length.
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