NORTH COAST BRUT
12.5% 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. The blend is 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir, with less than nine grams of sugar added in the dosage making it a brut wine.
The just barely salmon color comes from the Pinot Noir, as do the notes of raspberry and cherry. The Chardonnay shines though with lemon and apple, with faint cream and brioche aromas characteristic of a traditional method sparkling wine. There is just enough fruitiness on the nose to make you think it might be sweet, but it is dry, with refreshing acidity and a mouthwatering finish.
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.