BLANC DE NOIRS
12.0% Alcohol by Volume
This is a méthode champenoise sparkling wine, meaning that it is made the same way as Champagne, with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle. It is made from 100% Pinot Noir, a red grape, but pressed quickly and lightly after harvest to yield a very light colored juice. Hence the name Blanc de Noirs, meaning a "white" wine from "black" grapes.
Though it is a white wine, there is an added level of dimension from the red grapes in the form of a red apple skin aroma, and a spicy, almost nutmeg, finish. The palate has the crisp acidity of a gala apple, and a marzipan creaminess indicating time spent on the lees during the traditional second fermentation.
The real question is, what can't you pair with this wine? Triple cream cheese is a no-brainer, as is caviar and blini. But if you're really looking for a treat, there is nothing like a glass of this sparkling stunner with a plate of freshly fried chicken and buttermilk waffles. Serve with maple syrup, honey mustard, or scallion gravy. Thank me later.