2020 Hammerling Sparkling Passetoutgrain Rosé 'Stranger than Paradise'
A sparkling Passoutgrain (the term for a Pinot Noir/Gamay blend from Burgundy) rosé by Hammerling, an excellent new winery founded in Berkeley in 2018 by Josh Hammerling, who spent time at Broc Cellars and Donkey & Goat.
It's 50% Gamay from the Witters Vineyard, organically farmed in El Dorado, and 50% Pinot Noir from Spring Hill - sustainably farmed in Petaluma Gap. The Witters Gamay and Spring Hill Pinot were picked at 19 brix and direct pressed. Both were aged in neutral French oak before being racked to stainless and blended. Tirage: 12 months. Brut Nature (meaning no sugar added). Disgorged by hand. Hammerling produced 7 barrels (about 175 cases). 12.4% Alc./Vol.
"This is such a drinkable, delicious dry sparkler. It's got notes of blood orange, pomegranate, watermelon agua fresca and a faint shortbread biscuity note. The acidity is killer- the wine is fruity and dry and finishes long. This is a sparkler to crush at picnics by itself or maybe with smoked salmon and some crusty bread. I also love this wine because it's named after "Stranger than Paradise," the first major film from one of my all-time favorite directors and general weirdos, Jim Jarmusch." ~Ryan Smith, Certified Sommelier