What We Say Brut Prestige Extended Tirage
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Mission Codename: Mumms the word
Operative: Agent Sparkle, Wine Spies resident Sparkling wine expert
Objective: With the holidays behind us, and Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, locate a stellar sparkler for our Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Mumm Napa
Wine Subject: Napa Reserve Brut Extended Tirage
Winemaker: Ludovic Dervin
Backgrounder: Ever the romantic, Agent Sparkle went out in search of a sparkling wine for our Operatives’ most romantic exploits. Today Agent Sparkle returns with a delicious stash of Mumm Napa’s Extended Triage Reserve Brut, a sparkling wine that delivers an added measure of richness and excitement over Mumm’s already wonderful sparklers. Read her detailed tasting notes and romantic mission report below
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – An incredible golden color, with just a hint of bronze. This beautiful sparkler glitters and glistens, with golden edges and clusters of tiny bubbles that cascade continuously up the glass
Smell – Crisp and fresh with aromatics of melon, citrus, fresh baked bread, honey and soft vanilla
Feel – This bubbly starts off with a steep blast of tiny bubbles at the front of the tongue, then the bubbles cascade and expand, leading to a full, crisp and rich feel
Taste – Delightfully delicious and broad flavors of fresh bread, and fruit of mild citrus, pear, pale fig, green apple and creamy honey
Finish – A bold start leads to flavors that linger, leaving behind sweetness, yeasty bread dough and fresh white fruits that taper slowly
Conclusion – Mumm Napa continues to produce some of my favorite sparkling wines, and today’s Mumm bubbler is a richly refined winner! With greater depth and greater flavor than their excellent regular Brut Prestige, this wine offers a more refined and more elegant experience. I am oh, so picky about the bubbly wines that I choose for you, and I recommend this sparkler for your next romantic rendezvous!
Agent Sparkle here with a brief report. Sorry to make this so short, but, I am off for the rarest of occurrences in the life of a Wine Spy: time off!
Yes, H.Q. is rewarding me with some well-earned R&R and I plan to take full advantage. Suitcase packed and wine carrier stuffed full of Mumm Napa’s rich and delicious Extented Tirage, I am off for a romantic rendezvous in the Caribbean.
This sparkling masterpiece from Mumm is the perfect accompaniment and I recommend it for you next romantic encounter. Remember, Operative, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. If you order this wine today, it will arrive in time for you and your sweetheart to enjoy on V-Day.
If you forget about how we first came to infiltrate the Mumm winery, I have included the following mission recap for your reading pleasure:
It was a high level meeting of all of our overseas operatives. HQ wanted to have a rare face-to-face. We needed to get on the same page and refocus our efforts. I, Agent Sparkle, was tasked with arranging the summit.
Choosing the location was easy; I just had to get us all to the Monterey safe-house. Agents from around the world arrived. It was good to see Agent Baco Noir in the flesh, in her signature Italian pumps. Agent J played pilot to Agent Terroir and Agent White, flying them both in in her Citation X. They had come all the way from France for the meeting (stay tuned for the results of that ongoing mission). Agent Red arrived a little late but, as a founder of The Wine Spies, he can get away with it.
Agent Grenache, the heavy-lifter of the group, fresh cleaning up our latest logistical nightmare, was in attendance. So, too, were Agent Neutron and Agent Orange (our hipster Paso Robles Operatives), Agent Noir (Monterey), and Agent Smith (you read about him in Agent Red’s mission report of yesterday). Also in attendance were a select group our Agent’s field assets, moles, and confidential informants.
The meeting room was packed. So was the agenda: There were extended tastings to conduct, technical analysis, sessions on trade-craft, research on trends and perhaps most importantly, the latest harvest reports.
It was a long and grueling day and thankfully Agent Red arranged a great after-conference BBQ, Aussie style, in my honor. He arranged the dinner, but I had arranged the refreshment of the evening, a beautiful sparkling wine from my newest friends, Mumm Napa.
Mumm Napa’s Reserve Brut became an instant favorite from the moment I first placed the winery under surveillance. It took some skillful subterfuge to procure enough to serve at our gathering – and to keep enough for our well-deserving Operatives for today’s offering. We’re sorry that you weren’t able to attend our conference, but I am sure that today’s superb bubbly is consolation enough.
The day behind us, the BBQ was in full swing. We were having a great time, and I just love the fall along the California coast. It was the perfect way to finish the days activities, watching the sun set into the mighty Pacific – with a glass of Champagne in hand.
Agent Terroir raised his glass and said, “A mes amis et à un grand avenir!, A votre sante!”. He took a sip and smiled at Agent Sparkle with a glowing look of approval. Sparkle just smiled back and whispered to Red, “Mumm’s the word.”
Wine Spies Vineyard Check:
The gorgeous Rutherford, California location of the Mumm Napa winery and vineyards can be seen in this satellite photo.
What the Winery Says
Mumm Napa Valley
Mumm Napa Valley, Member, Napa Valley Vintners
About This Wine:
The Brut Prestige Extended Tirage sparkling wine is based on the Mumm Napa Brut Prestige, but left “sur lee” (meaning “on the yeast”) one year longer for added richness. During this time, the cell walls of the yeast break down in a process called autolysis, which yields creamy textures and flavors. This blend was created with a higher percentage of white grapes over red grapes, making it the perfect candidate for a longer tirage.
Grapes are picked mainly at night—exclusively by hand—and delivered to the winery in signature “small yellow boxes.” at the winery, fruit is hand-delivered to the presses and slowly de-juiced at low pressure, with the four press fractions kept separate. low-temperature primary fermentation—mostly in stainless steel—is utilized to enhance fruit tones and preserve freshness. Individual lots are kept separate during initial fermentation to fully express the vineyards’ individual strengths and subtleties.
Wines are blended in winter and bottled in spring for the second bottle fermentation. for this Brut prestige extended tirage bottling, the wine was aged on its fermentation lees for two and a half years in our cellars before disgorging.
One of the first things you will notice is a light vanilla aroma on the nose. the palate highlights favors of fresh bread dough, ripe apples, honey and fg, with an incredible foundation of citrus tones. firm acid and a crisp structure are balanced by rich, creamy qualities on lingering finish.
About The Winery:
The Wine Enthusiast Magazine calls Mumm Napa one of “America’s Best Tasting Rooms. How do you decide where to end the day in Napa Valley? Go to Mumm.”
Enjoy table service outside on the terrace, or taste in our glass-enclosed tasting salon – each offering stunning views of the surrounding Rutherford vineyards.
While you are here, take a guided tour of the winery, stroll through our Fine Art Photography Gallery or browse for exclusive Napa Valley items in our wine shop. Any way you look at it, a visit to Mumm Napa is the highlight of your Napa Valley experience.
About The Winemaker:
Winemaker Ludovic Dervin – In Summer 2002, Ludovic Dervin was named Winemaker at Mumm Napa. Ludo brings to the position extensive experience in both sparkling and still wine production, along with an exceptional working relationship with V.P. Winemaking and Operations Napa Valley, Rob McNeill.
Boasting a thorough understanding of méthode champenoise production, Dervin completed his winemaking studies in his native Champagne, France, His skills were then refined during several harvests with the prestigious Champagne houses Charles Heidseick and G.H. Mumm, as well as California’s Piper Sonoma, where he first worked with Rob McNeill. Prior to joining Mumm Napa, Ludo polished his non-bubbly winemaking skills at the world-renowned Russian River wineries, Hartford Court and Gary Farrell.
Winemaker: Ludovic Dervin
Appellation: Napa Valley
Composition: 53% pinot noir, 42% chardonnay, 3% pinot meunier, 2% pinot Gris
T.A.: 9.0 g/l
Dosage: 1.1% (Brut)