Line of Descent NV
I am pleased to offer you the newest bottle in the Myers-Deovlet series of sparkling wines: Line of Descent. This Blanc de Blanc of 100% Chardonnay is a unique blend that incorporates every vintage of these sparkling reserve wines dating back to the start of our collaboration. This distinct cuvée, therefore, shares lineage with all of our previous releases going back to our inaugural release in 2013. The older vintages bring beautiful notes of toasty brioche, nuts, and honey. The younger vintages boast freshness and tension to the wine with citrus blossom, apple, pear, ginger, and tremendous verve.
Myers-Deovlet is a collaboration between Ryan Deovlet of Deovlet Wines and myself. Combining our unbridled passion for the ancient art techniques, and qualities, we craft sophisticated, and elegant extra brut sparkling wines that rival Champagne, while showcasing the unique terroirs of premier California Central Coast sites.
For those interested in the technical aspects of how this wine is made, this wine is different from most wines in that we utilize a solera. Our solera was started with a blend of the best of the chardonnay wines from the 2013 to 2017 vintages of Myers-Deovlet which have been aging in a stainless steel egg. With each new year, a portion of the wine from the solera is removed and bottled, and the solera is topped up with wine from that year’s vintage. In this way, the solera encompasses every vintage of wines in a perpetual process that is renewed with each new vintage. Note that the wine in the solera is a still wine. The bubbles are produced after the bottling by the Méthode Champenoise with the addition of a small portion of yeast to the bottle to produce these refreshing sparkling wines.
Due to the limited availability of this wine, there is a three-bottle limit.
93 points, Parker
"The NV Line of Descent Blanc de Blanc No. 1 is a newer sparkling project from Mac Myers of McPrice Myers Wines and Ryan Deovlet of Deovlet Wines, inspired by perpetual blending at Selosse. A solera was started in 2013 which contains wine from each successive vintage. This "mother blend," stored in a stainless steel egg, will compose about 50% of each NV bottling, plus newer vintages layered in. Sitting at five atmospheres of pressure and 3.5 grams per liter dosage, it was disgorged after three years' tirage in May of 2021. It offers scents of baked apples, pastry, iodine and walnut with citrusy top notes. The medium-bodied palate is dry and creamy with a deep core of savory fruit from its generous incorporation of solera wine. Focused acidity and stony mineral character balance its rich fruits, and it offers a long, elegant finish. This first iteration includes fruit from vineyards across Santa Barbara county, including Bien Nacido, Sanford & Benedict, Zotovich, Solomon Hills and Dierberg. Fans of this style can look forward to future releases of a Brut Rosé and a second iteration of the Line of Descent. "The average American palate doesn't care about the vintage," Mac Myers quips. "They just want good, delicious bubbles." Well done!"