2016 Blanc de Blancs (3L)-Text and Design-5 Wks Minimum


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This is the 3 liter size; other formats available. 1 x 3 Liter Bottle 2016 Blanc de Blancs.

Blanc de Blancs (white from white) is the counterpart of Blanc de Noirs (white from black), made from the Chardonnay grape. Blanc de Blancs was the first wine we produced in 1965 and was America's first commercially produced Chardonnay-based sparkling wine.

This wine is dry and crisp with abundant flavors of lemon, apple, pear and pineapple. Small lots of malolactic and barrel-fermented wines are added for complexity. The wine is aged on the yeast lees in the bottle for about three years prior to disgorgement. With its bright fruit and crisp characters, this sparkling wine will maintain its freshness, structure and refined finish for many years following its initial release.

This is our oysters on the half shell sparkling wine, with a citrus-like crispness that make it ideal with a variety of fresh seafood. It is also delicious by itself as an aperitif or as an accompaniment to light poultry, cheese and vegetable courses.

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Tasting notes

This 2016 Blanc de Blancs has bright aromas of ripe green apple, Bosc pear, sweet spice and buttered brioche, which intermingle with hints of fresh ginger, stone fruit and coriander. Honeycrisp apple, grilled lemon, and orange peel bring fruitful notes to the mid-palate, ending with a clean crisp acidity thats punctuated with caramelized and tropical flavors. - Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies

Reviews

93 Points
A dense and layered white with cooked apples, pears and praline. Full body. Plenty of fruit flavor. Fresh and vivid. Vinous and fun. Yet, serious at the end. - James Suckling (October 2019)
92 Points
Complexity and layering make this wine especially interesting as it goes from aromas of apple, butter and vanilla to deeper toast and baked apple on the palate. Its medium in body, has tantalizing acidity and a lingering finish. - Wine Enthusiast (November 2019)
91 Points
Sleek, with pinpoint focus, offering harmonious Meyer lemon, candied almond and fresh ginger flavors that fan out on the crisp finish. - Wine Spectator (November 2019)

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