An intriguing clear bottle of wine with beer-bottle style metal pop top. Golden sparkling bubbles inside and on the label: a yellow background; on top, a metal bottle cap above a cluster of grapes in a 9-pin bowling layout, and text that reads "POPUP SPARKLING, ESTATE GROWN, EVERGREEN VINEYARD, 2019"

2019 POPUP Sparkling

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$17.00

About POPUP

“POPUP is the first chapter of my new wine story. It’s a story of innovation by an American winemaker... a fresh, contemporary, of-the-moment take on one of the world’s most celebrated traditions… wine with bubbles. In paying homage to the Old World in this New World project, I’m using Chardonnay, the noble varietal of Burgundy and Champagne, and techniques from the greatest sparkling wine regions in the world. Washington State is my home and I stick to my origins in winemaking. Single-vineyard, single-varietal, sustainably farmed and native fermented. Pure, and always, 100% Washington State.” – Winemaker Charles Smith

Scores and Tasting Notes

Aromatic flawlessness coming forth on a delicate bubble. Lilac, yellow plum, pea vines, creamy and delicious. Tangerine oil, anise, stone and baguette. Mouth-filling, complex and so waiting for you. – Charles

90 Points – James Suckling (v2018)

“A fun, easy chardonnay with a fresh, creamy and lightly frothy texture and a delicious, dry finish. Refreshing and fun with attractive fruit. Crown cap.”

90 Points – Jeb Dunnuck (v2018)

“All from the Evergreen Vineyard and with around 8 grams of dosage, the 2018 POPUP is clean and vibrant, with juicy peach and green all notes balanced by bright acidity. It’s clean, classy, and has a fine mousse and a great finish. Made by Charles Smith of K Vintners, drink this undeniably delicious sparkling wine any time over the coming year or so.”

Vineyard – Evergreen, 100%

(100% Chardonnay, Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Washington State Sparkling White Wine, 12.5% Alcohol, Brut Style)
Planted in 1998 by Jerry Milbrandt, the vineyard lies along a stretch of steep cliffs above the Columbia River, in the Ancient Lakes. A cooler site due to river influence, the soils are composed of fragmented basalt, gravel, silt, and caliche deposited during ice age floods. As with all of Milbrandt’s vineyards, Evergreen is farmed using sustainable practices. This site produces fruit with sublime mineral character and great acidity, a balance that winemakers adore.
The vineyards we work with are farmed using the most up to date sustainable practices.

Vintage

The 2019 vintage was on the cooler side as it started slow with later-than-usual bud break and continued on to be fairly moderate throughout the year. Some vineyards had issues with an October freeze a bit earlier than usual, but our high-elevation vineyards have great air drainage which allows us to extend the growing season late into October without freeze. This yielded fantastic ripening and some awesome wines with incredible balance and character. Overall, we are excited about the wine produced in 2019, which has brought us more finesse, incredible flavors and lovely balance.

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