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MWG May 16th tasting (1/5): ABCs

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ABCs = A British Columbia sparkler.

Brut, Méthode traditionnelle, Okanagan Valley, Blue Mountain ($28.30, 11881907)
Pinot Noir (57%), Chardonnay (37%) and Pinot Gris (6%). Manually harvested and sorted. Each variety is whole-cluster pressed and fermented separately. The wines are then blended, re-inoculated with yeast for secondary fermentation and aged on the lees for 24 months before disgorging, followed by another six to nine months after disgorging. Retails for $23.90 at the winery. 12.5% ABV.
Leesy lemon and apple. Thick foam and tons of tiny bubbles. The pure, clean fruit shows some residual sugar on the attack and turns sourish, dry and a little toasty by the finish. Sugar levels aside, a soft, glyceriny undercurrent runs throughout – like mild honey I thought at first before settling on almond syrup. Also, the wine starts out like a sparkler but, the bubbles notwithstanding, ends up tasting like a still wine. Odd but not unpleasantly so. The initial sweetness makes it better as an aperitif than a food wine methinks, though the weight and texture might argue otherwise. (Buy again? Could be pushed to by national pride and the wine’s curiosity value, but better crémants and cavas can be had for several dollars less.)

Written by carswell

May 26, 2013 at 11:59

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