2013 Navarro Vineyards Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Methode Champenoise Brut"
Winery: Navarro Vineyards
Wine Name/Vineyard: "Methode Champenoise Brut"
Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine
Grape blend: 100% Gewurztraminer
Region: Anderson Valley
State or country: CA
Cases produced: 958
KWG Score: 89 (based on 1 review)
Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)
Review date: December 17, 2016
Wine Review: This pale straw colored sparkler has tons of bubbles, which explains why it exploded onto the scene. It opens with a bread dough and light lime bouquet. On the palate, this wine is light bodied, balanced, and pleasant. The flavor profile is a light mineral infused sour dough bread with hints of lemon-lime. The finish is dry and refreshing. This Sparkler is made with 100% Gewurztraminer. It is food friendly and will be a crowd pleaser. I would pair it with broiled scallop appetizers. Enjoy – Ken
Winemaker Notes: Navarro produces sparkling wine with the same winemaking regimes as the vignerons in Champagne except, with this bottling, we began with a very different grape variety, Gewurztraminer, rather than traditional Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. Grapes for sparkling wine are harvested much less ripe than grapes for still wine to keep acidity high and the alcohol restrained. A result of harvesting before the grapes are fully ripe is that varietal character is de-emphasized and Gewürz's floral perfume remains delicate, flirting with the yeasty-toasty smells of the cellar.
Organic status: not organic
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