Graziano Family of Wines
Saint Gregory Cuvee Alexandra Methode Traditionelle Brut
Three years, five months - and one night
Today’s Graziano Winery NV Saint Gregory Cuvee Alexandra Methode Traditionelle Brut is an exciting and superb sparkling wine, made in the tradition of the finest French Champagne houses.
This wine was crafted in the manner that is employed by top-tier Champagne producers like Krug and Bollinger, who spend the extra time and dollars to barrel ferment their Champagnes. The result is a smoother and more elegant bubbly that has far better complexity and a more intriguing character than many Brut Champagnes.
Brut bubbly can be somewhat bold - or even harsh - on the palate. Today’s small-production (215 total cases) wine is the most elegant Brut we have ever featured. And while it is elegant, it is so without sacrificing any of the freshness or energy we really want in a celebratory bubbly. This wine is smooth and delicious, from start to finish.
This gorgeous sparkler shows golden straw yellow hues at its heart. A constant cascade of tiny bubbles forms a fine layer of soft mousse at the top of the wine.
Classic Brut Champagne aromas waft from the glass, with green apple, lime zest, orange blossom, and a slight leesiness.
Fresh, yet elegant and refined, highlighted with flavors of Meyer lemon tart, freshly baked brioche, Granny Smith apple, and dried lemongrass. Flavors are sweet - with just enough tartness.
With just a bite of acidity, this wine is incredibly soft and smooth on the palate. Flavors linger for a very long time.
A non-traditional pairing of Thai chicken soup, made with fresh ginger, coconut milk, and plenty of fresh lime and cilantro.
What the Winery Says
This is our first release of three sparkling wines under the Saint Gregory brand. My wife Trudi and I are great lovers of sparkling wine, especially French Champagne. As I began to formulate the recipe for our sparkling wines, I looked to not only the tradition of Champagne but also to the tradition of sparkling wine from all over the world. To make our sparkling wine rich and unique, we decided to barrel ferment the ‘base wine’ similar to some of the greatest French Champagnes like Krug and Bollinger, and to use Pinot Blanc like the great sparkling wines in Northern Italy, such as Ca del Bosco and Bella Vista.
The grapes for our Saint Gregory Brut come exclusively from the beautiful, high-elevation, Potter Valley at the head waters of the Russian River in Mendocino County. 40% of this wine is Chardonnay from the John McMenomey Vineyard located next to the Russian River, near the entrance of the valley. Another 40% is Pinot Noir from the Naughty Boy Vineyard, which is also grown next to the Russian River, but at the upper, northern end of Potter Valley. The remaining 20% is Pinot Blanc from our Nube Bianco Vineyard, located near the southern end of Potter Valley, on a slight bench above the Russian River, which is grown by our vineyard manager, Tom Barrett.
- Gregory Graziano
- Potter Valley, Mendocino County, California
- Varietal Composition
- 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Blanc
- 100% Barrel fermented and aged in French Burgundy barrels for 5 months
About the Winery
The Graziano Family has a long line of winemakers and grape growers dating back to the early 1900’s.
Gregory Graziano’s grandfather, Vincenzo Graziano, and his wife Angela, immigrated to America and eventually found their way to Mendocino County where they started growing grapes and making wine. They first planted vineyards in Mendocino County in 1918. In the late 1920’s Vincenzo had to depend on selling grapes to home winemakers on the east coast and bootlegging wine to support his family.
In the 1940’s after Prohibition and the Depression, Vincenzo, along with other local grape growers, formed the Mendocino Vineyards Winery, which eventually was sold and merged into the historically significant Cresta Blanca Winery in the town of Ukiah.
Greg’s father, Joseph Graziano, later followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the family vineyard operation.
Like his family before him, Gregory Graziano, Vincenzo’s grandson, now carries on the family winemaking tradition that his grandfather set the foundation for and that his father Joseph later handed down to Gregory. To this day he is still carrying on the family tradition…