Milton Road Trading Company, Napa CA.
50% Chardonnay from Vitry and Côte des Blancs; 30% Pinot Noir from Aÿ, Mareuil-sur-Aÿ, Ambonnay, Rilly-la-Montagne, Verzenay and Verzy (a touch of still PN is added); 20% Pinot Meunier from Vallée de la Marne. Dosage: 8 g/l. Some of the base wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. Aged three years on the lees before disgorgement. Base vintage with between 30-40% reserve wines.
Blushing pink. Disgorged in February 2018 with 2015 base wine and 40% reserve wines. Leafy again, bouquet-garni and a kind of sweet smoke. Now – 2025+.
Coral pink. Disgorged in October 2015 with 2012 base wine and 40% reserve wine from 2010, 2009 and 2008. This is a tic rounder than last year’s without being the least bit slack. Strawberry cream, the silkiest fruit and a cold splash of chalk. Now – 2022+.
Coral pink. 2009 base vintage and she’s steadfast, compressed, declamatory. Ripe flavors run to lavender, satsuma and bullace. Nourishing as ever. Should fan out gracefully with cellar-time. Now – 2019.
Coral pink and this one is 2008 base vintage. Fragrant, savory nose: dried red fruit and sweet rhubarb, wood chervil, fennel frond. Rainwater-fresh on the palate: groseille, hint of pink-peppercorn spice. Slatey, mineral-rich finish. A hallmark balance. Fastidious bead with a ballerina of a mousse. All limpid lines here. A Rosé of delicacy and restraint. Now – 2018+.