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Juicy strawberry jumps out of the glass, followed by raspberry and cherries. The berry bouquet is complimented by mandarin orange and papaya. The palate has exotic flavors of mango and cantaloupe, followed by mouthwatering citrus. A juicy viscosity leads to a long, lingering finish.
The final blend was 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast (December 1, 2011): “A terrific blush bubbly, rich and sophisticated…The mousse is very fine and silky, and the flavors are just tremendous…opulent swirl of spices…”
93 points, Connoisseurs' Guide (Nov.11): “Lots of vigorous young fruit... showing the vinosity and substance..it is a first and foremost a lovely example of careful champenization. It is charged by a wealth of tiny, pinpointy bubbles and it lasts and lasts...
91 points, Wine Spectator Insider (October 19, 2011): “Delicate as a feather, with lovely strawberry blossom aromas and rich but elegant flavors of raspberry, white chocolate and cinnamon spice…”
A very versatile wine; try it with sushi, salmon, rock shrimp, pizza, roast chicken, BBQ ribs, burgers, chocolate raspberry tarts and creamy cheeses with summer fruits.
This wine was recently featured in The California Wine Club's wine of the month club.