Lady Edythe Reserve Brut

2011 Carneros


Named in honor of the matriarch of the Frank Family, Edythe, the Lady Edythe Reserve is a beautifully mature and rich sparkling wine. It shines with minerality and texture of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from our Lewis Vineyard in Carneros. Its intensity and concentration come from resting on spent yeast for nearly five years before disgorgement. The six additional months spent resting post-disgorgement make for a ripe, yet toasty wine, crisp and deliciously in balance.

93 Points, Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

2011 Lady Edythe Reserve Brut
  • Vintage2011
  • Wine TypeVintage Sparkling Wine
  • VarietalChardonnay
  • Varietal Composition74% Chardonnay, 26% Pinot Noir
  • AppellationCarneros
  • Harvest DateSeptember 2 and 19, 2011
  • Acid1.06 g/100mL TA
  • PH2.96 pH
  • Alcohol %12%

"It leads with a sophisticated, beautifully composed nose of lightly citrusy fruit and minerals overlain by the toasty autolysis borne from its five years on the yeast and follows with very deep, like-minded flavors that confidently hit all of the Champenoise bases with a great sense of grace."

Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine

Mom was a meticulous woman. Our joke was that if you got up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night, she would have made your bed before you returned.

Rich’s father Hy Frank first met Edythe on a blind date In Brooklyn, New York, set up by mutual friends. Upon the evening’s end, Hy offered to escort Edythe home, only to discover that they lived in the same apartment building, on the same floor. Marriage followed soon after, and as America’s involvement in the War intensified, Hy responded to the call to protect American values by enlisting the United States Army. While Hy was overseas serving our country during World War II, Edythe worked at Macy’s in New York to help make ends meet, leaving young Rich in the care of his grandparents while she worked in the City. Upon his return to the States, Edythe and Hy embarked on their version of the American Dream: Hy ran the meatpacking business, leaving for work at 3 in the morning every day, and Edythe ran the home. Family was everything in the Frank household, and Edythe’s role as caretaker extended to Hy’s parents as they aged.

Their home welcomed many visitors and was a staple for Hy’s weekly Gin Rummy game, in large part due to Edythe’s sense of hospitality and great cooking. She was very involved in the community, and when her dear friend Zelda Grossburg passed away due to complications with Leukemia, Edythe created a charitable foundation to help others suffering from this disease. She was also President of the local Women’s League, raising money in the neighborhood by collecting used goods throughout the year and hosting an annual rummage sale, to support cerebral palsy. In their world of Bayside, New York, Edythe and Hy raised two sons, provided for them, and instilled in them the values of hard work, humility, education, and family. All values that we aspire to every day in the work we do here at the winery.

A bottle of sparkling wine sits in front of two books about wine


Our sparkling wines are sourced from vineyards in Carneros, undergoing a special process that takes about five years from vineyard to consumer. With four styles, Sparkling is the smallest of our collections and can be found in our tasting room, through our web store, as part of our wine club, and by very few select retailers.