The star of Honeymoon is the 70-year-old Colombard from dry-farmed, head-trained vines. When young, Colombard can throw a large crop and has primarily been written off as a blending/filler grape or traditionally used for distillation into cognac. However, with old vine age, dry farming, and allowing a long hang time, Colombard can be as complex as its parent, Chenin blanc. Supported partners Chardonnay and Chenin blanc add extra texture and layers to the 2020 Honeymoon.
Abundant sunshine marked the 2019 growing season—but no rain—as the 2020 vintage developed within the buds on the vine. As the 2020 harvest came, so did drought (and the worst fires and smoke we've ever seen). The vines felt this stress, and it marked the fruit with soaring acidity and very concentrated flavours. The Honeymoon 2020 is a wine of beautiful extremes born out of this stress. I picture the spirit of this wine as a female warrior leaping down from the sky with lightning streaking from her hair (I know, wild, right?). 2020 is dramatic and gorgeous.
Aromas of candied melon and alpine herbs embrace a taste of almond skin. Bright acidity and a rounded texture offer a balanced, easy-going finish. Pair it with a 5lb block of Comté, and we can't argue. This wine is excellent with heartwarming meals and simple, decadent snacks. Maybe some hearty bread with a big chunk of butter and salt, white miso-glazed kabocha squash, or chicken roasted with wine and schmaltzy potatoes.
12 bottles only & exclusive to Pulp Wine & Denmark
- Area: United States, California, Mendocino County
- Grapes: 50% Colombard, 25% Chenin blanc, & 25% Chardonnay