Šuqštay means “it's bright” in the native Chumash language of Samala.
Šuqštay joins T’aya, Spe’y, and Kalaš in our Blending the Elements collection representing the fourth natural element - fire. It represents the sun, and serves as the provider of light, warmth, and growth.
This 2016 Sparkling Roussanne is 100% varietal and one of only a handful of Sparkling Roussannes in the world. The base wine was fermented in stainless steel vats at at low temperatures to preserve the freshness of the fruit. The secondary fermentation is performed in bottle and left to age on lees for 4 years, a process called méthode champenoise. At disgorging, a signature final touch was added using a dosage liquor from a 2016 late harvest aged Roussanne, providing this sparkling wine with added complexity and structure.
This wine was carefully hand riddled and hand disgorged without freezing. It has aromatics of lemon lime, green apple jolly rancher, asian pear, honeysuckle, and brioche. On the palate, it’s lively and bound with delicate tight bubbles bursting with brightness and complexity. It has flavors of toasted almond with layers of creaminess, and mixed with stone fruit and crème brûlée. It finishes with brightness and tangy bubbles that dance around on the palate, teasing you to want more.