In the interest of full disclosure, this wine was a complimentary bottle from Lenz Winery. They shipped some wines to The Wine Cask blog for review, recognizing that wine blogs generate positive discussions on the world of wine. My tasting notes are as follows:
Medium tight bubbles and a nice pale color
Apples on the nose
Citrus core with good acidity
Finish is nutty, with more citrus and a bitter note
Made in the "Methode Champenoise", this is a serious sparkling wine. It has elegance and some depth. The citrus core provides structure on the palate and the nutty flavor on the finish adds complexity. However, there is a bitter note on the finish that is a bit distracting.
I shared this bottle with my wife and two friends. We paired it with a sampling of appetizers, and it stood up well to the variety of flavors. Sparkling wines are a great way to kick off an evening dinner party as they add to the festive atmosphere and offer something different from still table wines.
Lenz is a winery on the North Fork of Long Island. They have quite a line-up of high quality wines that we'll be sampling over the coming weeks. This Cuvee has a reference price of $30. Raise a glass!