The name itself, Sotto Voce, translated from Italian means literally means “under the voice” or “whisper”. The name Sotto Voce was inspired by the “proper” way to open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. According to traditionalists, and winemaker Chris Cameron, that subtle ‘fssssszzz’ sound when opening a bottle should be no louder than a whisper, or to be a little more pithy, never louder than a fair maiden’s sigh.
Once the cork is popped, ever so quietly of course, a myriad of dark rich fruit aromas burst from the glass. We normally recommend a few seconds of bouquet appreciation before the first sip, but for this wine, we just can’t wait. Texture and bubbles galore, with ever-lingering cherry, licorice, and red currant leave this wine a little hard to comprehend, but we know you can handle it.
Subtle in the nose, this wine begins with hints of umami characteristics (think savory, freshly baked bread) that stems from its most traditional méthode Champenoise production. With a light swirl, careful not to disturb the bubbles -- a plush wave of strawberry fruit rolls through. But don’t wait too long for that initial sip, the vivacious explosion of even more strawberries, bubbles, and texture allows a person to understand the passion that goes into the making of a sparkling wine.