Thursday, January 1, 2009

Scharffenberger non-vintage Brut

Pale straw color, vigorous bubbles, small and fine.

Fresh clean citrus smell, restrained hints of toast.

Grapefruit flavor, no excessive sweetness. Simple and pleasant, citrus flavors and smells dominate.

This is one of my favorite New World sparklers to date. What I most like about it, I think, is the clean expression of balance of pinot noir and chardonnay without including so much sugar that "Brut" would seem a lie. I think $19.99 is a fair price, all things considered.

Happy New Year!

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