There was a temporary break in the weather yesterday and we celebrated with some bubbles on the patio in the evening. The bubbles came from a 2006 Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs from the Carneros region at the south end of both Napa and Sonoma valleys. Pale gold color and a nose of tart fruit and yeast. Good flavors of crisp apple, some pear and perhaps a bit of white peach. The wine had a great flavor profile, it started out tart and bracing and then in mid palate it moved into a sweetness that finally faded to a brisk, tart finish on the back of the palate. Along the way there was just a touch of toast to add some complexity.
To help it along there were a few oysters on the half shell and some baguette slices toasted with olive oil and sea salt and spread with a fresh, Sonoma goat cheese. Good wine and a better evening.