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Red Tail Ridge Pet Nat Riesling

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"Our Pétillant Naturel (Pét-Nat) is a sparkling Riesling bottled during primary indigenous fermentation to capture the CO2 naturally released by the yeast. Each bottle is a unique ecological "riff" on the juice and its yeast, with varying aromatics and mouthfeel. So enjoy the fact that your bottle is your own unique experience of our ecosystem. 

The term “pétillant naturel” (pét-nat) actually refers to the winemaking process used to produce this fizzy wine. The process is non-interventionist and ancient; hence, it is also known as “méthode ancestrale”. Fermenting juice resulting from an indigenous fermentation is captured, during the primary fermentation, in bottle. Given that the process is left to fend for itself, the resulting winestyle is highly variable and unpredictable. Indeed, each bottle is a unique, ecological “riff” on the juice and its occupants. Hence there can be tremendous variation in sweetness, mouthfeel, appearance, aromatics and flavor from bottle to bottle. The first bottle I sampled exhibited notes of Bosc pear, ginger spice, honeysuckle and lemon oil. Frothy bubbles on the palate give way to starfruit, soft toasted notes, vanilla and driven minerality. White floral and honeydew mid-palate with limestone to finish."


Nancy Irelan:

Nancy is the winemaker and partner at Red Tail Ridge. She has been in the wine industry for over 35 years.

Nancy’s career path includes a decade at E&J Gallo as VP of Viticulture & Enology R&D, a PhD in grape genetics in the UC-Davis Viticulture and Enology Depart, along with various consulting gigs.

After years of large volume production and mass appeal, Red Tail Ridge is a personal journey of introspection for Nancy, as she focuses on how to best represent the unique personality and terroir of her vineyard.

Each wine is a tiny time capsule of typicity that reflects a moment in the life-history of our little property.

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