Old Westminster Chardonnay Pet Nat Cool Ridge Vineyard 2019
Cool Ridge Vineyard, Westminster, Maryland
Unfiltered and undisgorged (Careful opening).
“Pét-nat” or méthode ancestrale, as this style of wine is also called, is wine made from a fermentation and carbonation technique that pre-dates method champenoise in France by a couple centuries. Unlike the Champagne method, which adds yeast and sugar to the bottle for secondary fermentation, pét-nats allow the initial fermentation to finish in bottle without any additives, imparting a gentle carbonation. Old Westminster is located a little over an hour drive due north from us. The three siblings running the winery today have transitioned Old Westminster to Natural winemaking practices including, wild yeast fermentations, spare use of additives and sulfites, and minimal intervention to produce enjoyable wines that are expressive of the terroir. Sustainable. Low sulfites.