Blanc de Noir 2012
Columbia Gorge, Washington
This is the second time this winery has straight-out floored us. We tasted and loved the 2011, not only the best sparkling wine from the Northwest, but we feel probably the best we have tried from all of America. We feel exactly the same about this new release. It only confirms how we felt the first go around.
Greatness starts in the vineyard and this is no exception. The Pinot Noir comes from 48 year old vines. The organically farmed Atavus Vineyard sits on a south facing slope above the Columbia Gorge, at an elevation of 1,600 to 1,800 feet. This wine is composed with whole cluster (on the stem) pressings, neutral oak, and aging the sur lies for 42 months. The result is purely balanced perfection. You'll find aromatics of fresh apples and pears, white flowers and a note of honey; the palate just purrs with creamy texture and a prefect "10" scored for balance.
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