With the Holiday Season come and gone, (Christmas ws 25 days ago!) it seems that I tend to drink more bubbly this time of year. Weather it be in Mimosa or in a Kir Royal or just alone to toast the new year or the blessings of things to come.
I had this sparkling wine, Pindar Vineyards Cuvee Rare, twice this holiday season. First on Christmas Day Brunch at my in-laws then again I opened another bottle for New Year’s Eve. And this is one I will have again, if I can get my hands on some.
I have decided to include this tasting, though I did not taste this tonight, I did have this on Christmas Day and on Long Island there was snow on the ground due to a blizzard that dropped nearly 18 inches in my back yard in Rocky Point.
Here is what Michelle at Wine-Girl.net had to say about this Wine Blogging Wednesday “Snow Day”:
This month, even if you’re in warm sunny Florida or Los Angeles, I want you to look out your window and imagine Snow. Snowmen, snow balls, igloos, snow trucks, snow … cold, cold snow. Then I want you to imagine what that makes you want to drink. Do you want to curl up in front of your fireplace with a port? Maybe you want to pull out a cabernet sauvignon or a big juicy zin and then put on your snowsuit. Are you a glutton for punishment and you’re pulling out a chilled riesling before heading out to build a snowman? Are you inspired by vintners who are braving frigid temperatures to make icewine?
Ok, so this Sparkling Wine did not make me think of snow,well maybe a little. Doesn’t it look like it is snowing in the champagne flute when you pour sparkling wine. Ok, Ok…call be crazy, but this sparkling wine did bring me back Christmas, and the warmth and fun that it brings to kids young and old. Not to mention the snow that was on the ground. So please forgive me. But I can tell you that if I had another bottle of this, I may have just opened it for this night.
Before I give you my notes on this wine, I want to explain to you a little about sparkling wine, which is commonly called Champagne. Champagne is champagne only in the Champagne region of France. Every place else it is a sparkling wine. So Champagne in Champagne France is sparkling wine, they can call it Champagne, because that is where it originated. IF the sparkling wine is done in the same process as it is in Champagne, France, then it can be called méthode Champenoise. To het a detailed explanation on the process of Sparkling wine production, visit Wikipedia.
This Sparkling Wine from Pindar Vineyards is made from 100% Pinot Meunier grapes, the traditional grape used in Champagne and it is made in the méthode Champenoise way.
On the nose, I was picking up some wonderful bread notes. I love the smell of yeasty breads on sparkling wine. There was some apple and a touch of pear and a little spice like gingerbread, very subtle and enjoyable.
The taste was awesome. It was dry and palate cleansing with hints of Pear, Citrus and Granny Smith Apple. Some of the spice from the nose was there, but it was subtle.
The finish was moderate, but I had a hard time testing to see how long it was lasting because I kept taking sips.
This sparkling wine is a wine that would go perfect with brunch and desert. It is also a great value to at under $20.00.
This is a sparkling wine that I really would not consider toasting, just for the sake of toasting. But offer this up at your next dinner party to gets that first arrive. It will really get the party going in the right direction.
As of today, it looks like this is sold out. Very sad. But if you happen to find it in your local wine shop, I highly recommend you pick some up. When I picked up the bottle for New Years, it was retailing for $19.95. It went perfectly with our Christmas Brunch.