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For the Love of Bubbles

Los Gatos

February 1, 2019

Laura Ness

2016 Brut Rosé Sparkling 

Olivet Grange Vineyard

Pervasive aromas of tangerine, mandarins, strawberry and raspberry combine with hints of star lilies in this oh-so paler-than-pink blush that tingles your nose as much as it does your palate. Lively notes of ginger and nutmeg spice up the ethereal cranberry, tart cherry and orange zest in this 100 percent Pinot Noir sparkler that sprints like dragonflies across a dawn-pink pond. From Olivet Grange vineyard in the Russian River Valley, this sparkling wine was made from a single pick and press lot, with eight months of lees aging. A fine mouse and generous mouthfeel make it a delight to drink as an aperitif, but its serious core of equally generous acid emphasizes its food worthiness with pretty much any rich cuisine. Thai food, Peking duck or crab wontons would all be ideal companions for the energetic sparkler from winemaker Kathleen Inman.