Mumm Napa Valley
Pinot Noir - Chardonnay
California: Napa Valley
What We Say
Clever Agents will order this special bubbly for their upcoming romantic covert missions. Order today, in time for V-Day Operations…
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Today’s delicious sparkling wine is not only very romantic, it’s also extremely excellent.
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Mission Codename: The Son of Venus
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, locate a stellar bubbly for our romance-minded Operatives
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Mumm Napa
Wine Subject: Mumm Napa Brut Rosé (Formerly, Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs)
Winemaker: Ludovic Dervi
Backgrounder: For today’s selection, we sent Agent Red out in search of a sparkling wine worthy of our romantically inclined Operatives from around the country. After an arduous search, Red returns with a secret cache of Mumm Napa’s delicious Napa Napa Brut Rosé, a tender, flavor-filled and very romantic sparkler. Read his detailed tasting notes and mission report below, which includes an interview with Mumm winemaker Ludovic Dervin
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – A gorgeous soft pink with glinting coral highlights, this wine shows of a gentle cascade of never-ending bubbles of mixed sizes
Smell – Initially slightly floral, deep inhalations of this wine reveal soft cherry, young strawberry, soft pear and softer peach. These are accompanied by citrus zest and slate minerals
Feel – This is a soft and sensuous wine on the tongue, with no hard edges or the sort of in-the-mouth rush of bubbles that can be present in other sparkling wines. Overall, the wine maintains a soft wetness that goes only slightly dry on swallowing it
Taste – Delicious, with layers of flavor, including young strawberry, dark cherry, soft lemon, pear and soft apricot
Finish – Initially very wet medium-bodied, the goes slightly dry as flavors dwindle off slowly. As flavors fade, the mouth waters, inviting another delicious sip
Conclusion – This is a fantastic sparkler – at a fantastic price! If you are looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day treat to enjoy with some special, or if you just love sparkling Rosé , this is an easy choice. Regular followers of our wine adventures know that we continue to have a special relationship with this special winery. This is simply because we love their great sparkling wines. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, dear Operative. Make a fellow Agent happy this year, by surprising them with this very special sparkling Rosé .
What follows is a mission recap, from a previous Mumm Napa mission:
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
About This Wine:
Formerly known as the Mumm Napa Blanc de Noirs release, our Brut Rosé offers a bouquet of ripe Pinot Noir fruit, rich with black cherry and strawberry notes. Part of the wine is initially fermented in the press, producing the soft fruity character that gives Brut Rosé its directness, while a small percentage of Chardonnay gives the wine power and structure. This more robust quality makes Brut Rosé a wonderful wine with many kinds of cuisine, ranging from Thai to Italian.
Note: The Brut Rosé was formerly called “Blanc de Noirs.” We have changed the name of this release to better reflect the wine’s elegant nature.
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
Varietals: 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay
T.A.: 8.1 g/l