Lompoc, CA ( December 19, 2017) – Flying Goat Cellars released the first méthode champenoise sparkling wine from the historic Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley AVA: 2015 Goat Bubbles Blanc de Noirs. This expressive young wine already shows a rich creaminess on the finish, reminiscent of orange sherbet, and is applauded by local critics. Limited in production, the wine is available through Flying Goat Cellars sparkling wine club, Club Celebrate.
Flying Goat launched the sparkling wine trend in Santa Barbara County in 2005, with the first vintage of Goat Bubbles Rosé. The Goat Bubbles brand currently offers five expressions of sparkling wine to the commercial market: four vineyard designated and one blend. They include Rosé, Pinot Noir from Solomon Hills Vineyard; Blanc de Blancs, Chardonnay from Sierra Madre Vineyard; Blanc de Noirs, Pinot Noir from Clos Pepe Vineyard; Crémant, Pinot Blanc from Sierra Madre Vineyard; and Brut Cuvée, Pinot Noir from Rio Vista Vineyard and Chardonnay from Sierra Madre Vineyard. Goat Bubbles are carefully handcrafted at Flying Goat’s Lompoc-based winery, using the traditional method with the secondary fermentation in the bottle.
Club Celebrate offers sparkling wine enthusiasts elite access to Goat Bubbles. Annually, four allocations of Goat Bubbles include either Rosé, Crémant, Blanc de Blancs, Blanc de Noirs or Brut Cuvée. Three levels of membership include 2 bottles, 6 bottles or 12 bottles, with savings on sparkling wine purchases of 10%, 15% or 20%, respectively.
Bien Nacido Vineyards is an iconic American vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley AVA. In 1969, the Millers, a fifth generation California farming family, purchased the property. They also purchased an adjacent parcel which had been part of the original land grant, and reunited the two as Rancho Tepusquet, now comprising over two thousand acres. The original adobe remains as one of the few privately maintained adobes in California. The Millers also own Solomon Hills Vineyard, planted in the late 1990s.
The 2015 Goat Bubbles Blanc de Noirs is 100% Pinot Noir Clone 115 from Bien Nacido Vineyard interplanting in Block N. The grapes were harvested July 23, 2015 at 19 Brix and 3.2 Ph. The total acidity is .9gm/100ml and the alcohol is 13.1%. The wine was bottled November 14, 2016, and disgorged December 14, 2017. There are only 115 cases produced. The retail price is $60/bottle.