Ludovic Dervin (Winemaker)
Napa Carneros and southern Napa Valley
MUMM NAPA Brut Rosé, Napa Valley, NV ($17.79)
A 12.5% alcohol methode champenoise blend of 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay from vineyards in Napa Carneros and southern Napa Valley. A portion of the Pinot part of the blend is red pinot noir (riper, longish cold soak, punchdowns) to give the wine its full darker rosé color. After aging en tirage, the wine is disgoged and dosed to 1.2% sugar to give it a richer brut finish that allows it to handle some spice in the foods it is served with. Pink-garnet-salmon in color and fully sparkling; almost dry, medium-bodied with freshly-balanced acidity and scant phenolics. Richer textured, slightly earthy, toasty Rosé sparkler offering darker red fruit with enough citrus to keep it fresh. Satisfying with real depth and texture in the mouth. Fine food fizz; this can handle grilled salmon and even some red meats. BearScore: 91+.