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Frenchtown Farms North Yuba Blanc de Noir Apogee 2019

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California Sparklers at this price point always get a lot of scrutiny around here. After all, you can get a lot of great Champagne at that price. But this was a no brainers as it is perhaps one of the most unique and delicious sparkling wines our state has ever made. Crafted from Renaissance Vineyard Cabernet, the nose smells like a garden filled with fruit blossoms, reminding me of one of my favorite rose champagne, Jean Vesselle’s Oeil de Perdrix. The palette points directly to its roots. There is a crunchy mineral quality and savory red fruits that both speak to its variety and terroir. Cloudy with just a barley their pink, if it reminds me of anything it is the Alpine bubble from Domaine Belluard.

Aaron & Cara Mockrish ended up in North Yuba County in the Sierra Foothills with big plans to start their own farm. Fortunately for us, their plans unexpectedly diverged when they had a bottle of Clos Saron's Black Pearl 2008. Blown away by what they had just tasted, they made it their mission to seek out the man that was responsible for it. They soon discovered that that the man they were seeking lived down the road from them. This man was none other than Gideon Bienstock.

They began to learn from Gideon, of working in the vineyards to the winery and everything in between. Soon it was clear that not only was this the life for them, but also this place was a singular place and the wines were unlike anything else. They managed to make a connection with Renaissance Winery (where Gideon had made his earliest, incredible wines, as well as many of the first vintages of Clos Saron), which was no longer producing their own wine, and leased their oldest producing vines.

The immediate effects were three fold: Frenchtown Farms was born, Clos Saron regained access to this incredible vineyard that had been responsible for some of their most legendary wines, and La Onda and Thee and Thou (the other Yuba Wineries) gained access to this fabulous site. Along with these wineries, Frenchtown is helping gain recognition for the exceptional terroir and uniquely delicious wines from this small corner in the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

All wines are made whole-cluster, foot-stomped, native fermentation in open-top tanks. No manipulation, additions, subtractions, or monkey business of any kind. No racking, fining, or filtering. A small SO2 addition at bottling only.


  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Earthy , Fruity , Funky

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Full Bodied

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