Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blanc de Blancs

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.

12.5% alcohol and on sale for $16. A bargain.

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