Thursday, February 7, 2013
Very Nice Bubbles
The wine is 2/3 chardonnay and 1/3 pinot noir and spends about two years on the lees before being disgorged.
This was an incredibly balanced sparkling wine. There was the sharpness of the acid balanced by a suggestion of sweetness that never really went too sweet. Toasty aromas gave way to a crisp fruity taste with hints of lemon and vanilla. A refreshing and tart finish had great length to it.
It was even better with dinner which was spinach pasta with roasted chicken meat, mushrooms, tomatoes and prosciutto in a light cream sauce.
I would never mistake this for champagne, but it is obvious what it was trying to emulate, and it did a great job. I liked this wine a lot and it goes on the repurchase list.
Scharffenberger Brut Excellence, Mendocino Sparkling Wine. 12% alcohol and $20.