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2009 Extra Brut (1 x 750 ml)
It is ready to enjoy upon release, but will surely age beautifully for another two decades or more to come. Th is opulent and racy style will match extraordinarily well on the raw side with caviar and ceviche, but will also pair perfectly on the cooked side with smoked oysters, mushroom tarts, and veal picatta. A simple antipasto sampling with prosciutto, sopresatta, gouda, pecorino, artichoke heart, and cured olives will also shine alongside.
The Extra Brut has generous fruitful aromas of peach compote, mandarin orange, and pear blossom, which develop with hints of caramel and toasted brioche. The palate is fruitful and complex, with flavors of red apple, plum, and grapefruit supported by hints of almond and cardamon. Crisp on entry, the wine lingers with a persistent yet balanced acidity.- Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies
Luxurious and plush, with expressive hazelnut and cinnamon brioche aromas that open to elegantly layered and lingering baked apple and toasted spice flavors.- Wine Spectator (July 2018)
This medium-bodied, steely and austere wine has a pale orange-gold color, citrus and green-apple aromas and crisp, dry flavors like grapefruit. It has light almond and earth accents and is driven by good acidity for a refreshing mouthfeel. Extra brut means truly dry, and this wine shows how appealing the style can be.- Wine Enthusiast (August 2018)
Rife with the definitively toasty, slightly nutty effects of extended, on-the-yeast aging, this fully developed, bone-dry sparkler is, at this point in its life, not in the least concerned with obvious fruit and is instead a study in champenized complexity. That is not to say that it is in any way tired or lacking in life, and it is, quite to the contrary, very well-balanced and wonderfully creamy in feel with an especially fine and frothy mousse. Albeit very rich and utterly fascinating stuff, it may disappoint drinkers on the hunt for a quaffable, fruit-focused bubbly, but it is enthusiastically recommended to those looking to see what a serious, well-aged sparkler is all about.- Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (December 2018)