Blanc de Noirs, North Coast
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
100% Pinot Noir. Hinting at cherries and fresh pears with notes of vanilla and toasty sweetness filling out its fairly refined, specifically champenized aromas and staying in step once in the mouth where the cherries of Pinot Noir are met by a tasteful touch of creamy yeast, this sleek and relatively lively, vibrant wine impresses as being a bit younger than its vintage would indicate and exhibits an enticing sense of sophistication that is heightened by its frothy but decidedly refined mouse. Although it comes with no need to further age, we see it ageing quite gracefully....
"Nothing says holiday quite like sparkling wine! It makes that annoying relative so much more bearable, the fireside warmer, and the glowing lights from the tree reflecting off the glass full of bubbles really seals the deal. As it gets colder out I like to step up the body and power of my champagne with a Blanc de Noirs (made completely with red grapes...
A crisp texture and rather full body carry subtle spice and lean dry fruit flavors in this nicely reserved and complex wine. Apple skin, lemon zest and hints of toasted almond carry the palate and linger on the finish.