Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Korbel Russian River Valley "Natural" wine review by (PB)

This Non-Vintage sparkler from the Sonoma--Russian River Valley-- AVA (American Viticultural Area) has an ever so slight rose tint from the 15% Pinot Noir blended to the Chardonnay.

Bouquet is almond nuttiness with ever so slight suggestion of gentle stone fruit.

Palate--Lively bubbles with a delicate presentation up front and a nice floral, soft mid-palate and an almond finish.

I grabbed this to have a little toast to my wife's 60th today before we head out to a wine dinner. My normal "first choice" is Mumm's Brut Presitge but it has escalated to close to $25 a bottle. This sparkler is running less than $15 and I call it a keeper! Although a bit disconcerting the label calls this "Champagne" which of course is a misnomer. "Champagne" means it comes from Champagne, France. This on the other hand is an affordable domestic "sparkling wine" made in the Methode Champenoise; at any rate raise a glass.

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