(From 2005 Vintage)
The relatively warm 2005 season delivered a generously flavored Blanc de Blanc with alluring aromas of green apple, citrus and tropical fruits. Rich, tart Bayview Avenue Carneros Chardonnay forms the core, with components ranging from the Marin Coast to the Anderson Valley contributing further depth of fruit. Yeast-derived notes of fresh sourdough and toasted almond blend with hints of crème brûlée. On the palate, this lively sparkler is ripe and crisp with tangy lemon zest early on, progressing to a clean, balanced finish.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast:
"Made from 100% Chardonnay, this sparkler is just delicious, a versatile wine to have by itself, with savories, sushi or the most elegant meals. Crisp and balanced, it has rich flavors of pineapples, peach jam, brioche and vanilla, with a smoky edge. S.H." (12/31/2008)
88 Points, Wine Spectator:
"Lush and supple, offering creamy citrus and Asian pear aromas, with nicely layered lemon curd, cinnamon and ginger flavors that build to a light, crisp note. Drink now through 2011. 22,600 cases made. –TF" (7/31/2008)
(From 2008 Vintage) "Fruitful aromas of fresh lime and Granny Smith apple, accentuated by nuances of juicy pineapple and lemon grass, are complimented by notes of honeycomb and hazelnut from the years of aging en tirage. On the palate, the 2008 Blanc de Blancs enters crisp and tangy, unfolding with flavors of lime, pineapple and exotic tropical fruits. Delicious and layered flavors of lemon custard and fresh-from-the-oven brioche follows. The palate finishes with a delicate sweetness and a generous acidity that is l...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesRating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide
Wine EnthusiastRating: 94/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast