It has been a number of years since I drank Piper Sonoma sparkling wines. They were part of the early influx of European sparkling wine makers to settle in Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, but they are not one that I see every day in the local market. The Sonoma County Blanc de Blancs jumped into my shopping cart at a sale price of $15 a bottle and pleaded to be adopted. It was.
Clear, bright and loaded with bubbles it is quite an active wine. Sharp and tart, young and fresh, almost prickly flavors of green apple dominated. There was a bit of yeasty or baked goods flavors but this was a fruit forward wine. Easy to drink and easy on the pocketbook. That's all it was trying to be and it succeeded.
Piper Sonoma Blanc de Blancs, Sonoma County Sparkling Wine. 12.5% alcohol and $15.