There is just not enough sparkling wine on my blog. I really like sparkling wine, but I, like most, only drink sparkling wine on special occasions. We all should change that. It is a wine, it just has some bubbles.
Sure, it is great to toast with. It is perfect to christen a boat with. The sound of champagne flutes chiming as we toast. Nothing says Happy New Year more than a bottle of bubbly. It really does make one feel all warm on the inside.
Now, I am not saying that this bottle of Bedell Cellars 2006 Blanc de Blanc ($48) is the wine you would have everyday. The price tag is a bit steep. But for that special occasion, this might be the one to reach for.
In the nose hints of apple — golden delicious and granny smith dominate with hints of baking spice like cinnamon. Notes of yeasty bread round out the nose with a hint of salinity.
The palate brings more of the apple notes with some pear and melon. More baking spices appear as well with a deep oceanic breeze note. Crisp bright acidity is balanced beautifully beautifully on the palate.
The finish is lengthy with hints of pear and more salinity.
I really liked this sparkling wine made in the traditional méthode champenoise. My wife and I toasted each other for our 3rd Anniversary with this as we munched on chocolate covered strawberries. While that may not have been the best pairing, it worked for us.
Sláinte!*I received this bottle as a sample from the vineyard