As we continue to live with our new normal, perhaps more than anything, we miss connecting with one another in real and meaningful ways. The pandemic and its disruption to our daily routines have encouraged many of us to reconsider our priorities. For Sosie Wines’ proprietors Scott MacFiggen and Regina Bustamante, this means good friends, delicious food, and fabulous wine–and so it is with Sosie’s 2018 Sparkling White Wine, “First Things First,” Vivio Vineyard, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County.
“First Things First” is made from some of the precious Roussanne grapes grown in the United States – less than 400 acres in all of California, where Roussanne ripens late and unevenly. In a cool site such as Vivio Vineyard in the Bennett Valley AVA of Sonoma County, one might eke out two tons per acre if lucky. The delicate grapes are picked in the coolest hours of the middle of the night and gently treaded on in the picking bin by Scott, allowing the grapes to express their true flavors. Thoughtfully fermented with native yeast and full malolactic fermentation, this complex wine is aged in neutral oak for six months before undergoing in-bottle secondary fermentation, méthode champenoise. Rich and creamy with a beam of ripe fruit shining through, there is an unexpectant fullness from this low-dosage sparkler at 0.625 g/l, classifying the wine as brut nature.