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2009 Chateau Frank Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut"

Winery: Chateau Frank

Vintage: 2009

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Blanc de Noirs Extra Brut"

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Region: Finger Lakes

State or country: NY

Price: $35

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: December 14, 2015

Wine Review: Age has really done wonders for this sparkler. On average, I find sparklers from the Finger Lakes to be tightly wound, but this has relaxed and mellowed allowing the wine to show through. Notes of toast, raspberries, candied pink grapefruit, and pink guava are very apparent on the nose. On the palate, the medium sized bubbles give this sparkler a needed boost in body but without compromising flavors. Ripe, pink guava, hints of lychee fruit, and fig jam on toast show through on the palate. These flavors are balanced by acidity and a subdued note of caramel. The finish could have been a little longer, but overall this sparkler was a delight to try. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: The Chateau Frank Blanc de Noirs has aromas of lime, vanilla, caramel and hints of spiced orange that combine with a toasty yeast character, persistent foam and tiny bubbles. This style creates a full-bodied sparkling wine which makes for a perfect accompaniment to a fine meal. Serve with Cajun shrimp or asparagus spears.

Organic status: not organic

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