Thursday, January 8, 2009

Domaine Ste Michelle non-vintage Columbia Valley Blanc de Blancs

I've recently sampled a range of sparkling wines from California. Tonight, I begin tasting examples from Washington state.

Pale straw color, small vigorous bubbles.

Green apple smell, bread dough notes.

Ripe canned pears, apples, hints of peach.

This is noticeably sweeter than a brut Champagne would be but I'm learning to appreciate New World sparklers for what they are and criticize them only for what's wrong, not for how they compare to something else. With that in mind, this is a nice chardonnay-based wine, but the delicacy that could be there is lessened somewhat by the high dosage. For $17.99, it's a bargain.

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