The Hedonistic Taster: 2019 Holiday Bubbles

Tristaetum Pashey 2016 Brut Rosé Oregon sparkling wine.

The Hedonistic Taster

 2019 Holiday Bubbles

by L.M. Archer

LM Archer Tastevin

Wine should not be regarded simply as a beverage, but as an art of living, a pleasure.” – Henri Jayer

The Hedonistic Taster provides an intimate format for me to share industry trade samples with you.

It’s that time!

Please enjoy this Special Edition of 2019 Holiday Bubbles from France, Italy and Oregon – guaranteed to scintillate your seasonal celebrations!

Disclaimer: No compensation is received; all opinions expressed are that of the author.

 

Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut:

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Brut – Languedoc (Crémant de Limoux), France

Vintage: NV

Alcohol:  12%

Specs: 60% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir, 10% Mauzac.

Suggested Retail: $ 18.99

Robe: Pale lemon robe, pinpoint perling.

Nose: Almond, fleurs blanches, pear, lemon zest notes.

Bouche:  Textured, lemon zest bouche, clean acids, well-balanced finish. Great quality for value.

Côté Mas Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Côté Mas Chardonnay Blanc de Blancs – Languedoc, France

Vintage:  NV

Alcohol:  12%

Specs: 100% Chardonnay.

Suggested Retail: $ 18.99

Robe: Pale straw robe, pinpoint perling. 

Nose: Lemon zest, almond flower nez.

Bouche: Lemon zest, maquis bouche; harmonious acids, soft finish. Fine quality to value sparkler.

 

Côté Mas Brut Rosé

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Côté Mas Crémant de Limoux Rosé Brut – Languedoc (Crémant de Limoux), France

Vintage: NV

Alcohol:  12%

Specs: 70% Chardonnay, 20% Chenin Blanc, 10% Pinot Noir.

Suggested Retail: $ 18.99

Robe: Crushed rose petal robe, pinpoint perling, frothy mousse.

Nose: Crushed raspberry, rocky minerality, wild strawberry, cherry nez.

Bouche: Citrus, pink grapefruit, lime flower, golden apple bouche. Vervey acids,  fine finish. Exceptional quality to value.

More about Domaines Paul Mas here.

 

Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Nino Franco Prosecco Rustico Valdobbiadene Superiore DOCG

Vintage:  NV

Alcohol:  11%

Link to Producer Specs here. 100% Glera. 

Suggested Retail: $ 19.00

Robe: Bright straw robe; ultra-fine, persistent perling.

Nose: White flowers, yellow and white fruit nose.

Bouche: Almond, herbal, citrus bouche. Textured, nuanced, crisp, dry, refreshing. Soulful, authentic expression of place from start to finish. EXCELLENT quality for price. 

More about Nino Franco here.

 

Gonzáles Byass - Vilarnau Brut Reserva - D.O. Cava.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Gonzáles Byass – Vilarnau Brut Reserva – D.O. Cava

Vintage:  NV

Alcohol:  11.5%

Link to Producer Specs here.  50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada, 15% Xarel-lo.

Suggested Retail: $ 14.99

Robe: Clear golden hue, pinhead perling, exuberant mousse.

Nose: Round, golden fruit and white flower aromas.

Bouche:  Fleshy golden apple bouche. Sunny light, food-friendly crowd-pleaser.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Gonzáles Byass – Vilarnau Brut Reserva Rosé – D.O. Cava

Vintage: NV

Alcohol:  12%

Specs: 85% Garnacha, 15% Pinot Noir.

Suggested Retail: $ 15.99

Robe: Iridescent salmon hue, pinpoint perling, generous mousse.

Nose: Quince, red pear aromas.

Bouche:  Fleshy red apple, lime zest, tarragon side note. Savory, scintillating, bone dry finish. A deceptive, shapeshifting stunner that holds one’s imagination throughout the evening, from aperitif to dessert. 

More about Caves Vilarnau here.

 

Charles Smith POPUP 2018 sparkling wine from Washington state.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Charles Smith POPUP –Evergreen Vineyard, Ancient Lakes, Washington State

Vintage: 2018

Alcohol:  13%

Specs:  100% Chardonnay.

Suggested Retail: $ 14.99

Robe: Clear straw robe, pinhead perling, generous mousse.

Nose: Honeysuckle, lemon curd, white stone fruit nez.

Bouche: Golden apple, pear, jasmine; lemon-smarties finish. Tarty-tinged, slightly sweet, easy, breezy Millennial quaffer.

More about Charles Smith Wines of Substance here.

Flâneur 2016 Extra Brut sparkling wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Flâneur Extra Brut – Willamette Valley, OR.

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  12.4%

Link to Producer Specs here. Inaugural vintage. 53% Pinot Noir, 37% Pinot Meunier, 10% Chardonnay. Disgorged July 2019.

Suggested Retail: $ 65 / 125 cases. 

Robe:  Pale gold robe.

Nose:  Toast, red fruit nez.

Bouche:  Grace Kelly in a bottle. Great bones, with sumptuous sub-notes. Chapeau.

More about Flâneur Wines here.

Gran Moraine Brut Rosé sparkling wine from Yamhill-Carlton.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Gran Moraine Brut Rosé – Yamhill-Carlton, OR.

Vintage: NV

Alcohol:  12.5%

Specs:  57% Chardonnay, 43% Pinot Noir

Suggested Retail: $ 55

Robe: Deep gold robe, single-shaft pinpoint perling.

Nose: Lemon, citrus, chalk, brioche nez.

Bouche: Golden apple, citrus, bouche; smooth finish. Elegant, refined, well-structured.

More about Gran Moraine here.

Tristaetum Pashey 2016 Brut Rosé Oregon sparkling wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Trisaetum Pashey Brut Rosé – Willamette Valley AVA, OR.

Vintage: 2016 

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay. Disgorged Summer 2019.

Suggested Retail: $  65 / 225 cases.

Robe:  Luxurious copper hue, pinpoint perllng, sumptuous mousse. 

Nose: Rusk nose.

Bouche: Fleshy red apple, quince, lemon curd bouche. Exquisitely constructed.

Trisaetum Pashey 2016 Estate Cuvée Extra Brut.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Trisaetum Pashey Estates Cuvée Extra Brut – Willamette Valley AVA, OR.

Vintage: 2016

Alcohol:  12.9%

Link to Producer Specs here80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay. Disgorged Summer 2019.

Suggested Retail: $ 65 / 214 cases. 

Robe: Pale lemon robe, single-shaft pinpoint perling, seductive mousse.

Nose: Brioche, marzipan, mandarin nez.

Bouche: Grapefruit, chalk, pear bouche. Lovely, vivid acids, dry, bright finish. 

Tristaetum Pashey 2016 Blanc de Blancs Ribbon Ridge sparkling wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Trisaetum Pashey Ribbon Ridge Blanc de Blancs – Ribbon Ridge AVA, OR.

Vintage:  2016

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. 100% Chardonnay. Disgorged Summer 2019.

Suggested Retail: $ 65 / 166 cases.

Robe: Clear gold robe, tiny bubbles, diaphanous mousse.

Nose: Zweiback, almond, white flower nose.

Bouche: Chalky, chiseled lemon bouche. Lean, mean, ultra-dry. Perfect pairing with Oysters Rockefeller.

Triseatum Pashey 2016 Blanc de Blancs Coast Range sparkling wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine: Trisaetum Pashey Coast Range Blanc de Blancs,  Yamhill-Carlton AVA, OR.

Vintage: 2016 

Alcohol:  12.5%

Link to Producer Specs here. 100% Chardonnay. Disgorged Summer 2019.

Suggested Retail: $ 65 / 174 cases.

Robe: Pale gold robe; pinpoint perling, etherial mousse.

Nose: Brioche, hazelnut, golden delish apple, salt spray notes.

Bouche:  Apricot, lemon zest, lemon curd bouche. Chiseled acids, refined finish.

Another masterful line-up of sparkling wines by artisan winemaker James Frey.

More about Trisaetum Pashey Sparkling Wines here.

 

Sokol-Blosser 2017 Bluebird Cuvée sparkling wine.

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Sokol Blosser Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling Wine – 70% Oregon, 30% Washington

Vintage:   2017

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here. Disgorged July 2019.

Suggested Retail: $  28

Robe: Pale straw robe, pinpoint perling, emollient mousse.

Nose: Rusk, wet white stone, almond notes.

Bouche:  Lemon curd, crisp golden apple, firm bosc pear bouche. Tart acids, clean finish. This sparking wine checks every box. Well done, winemaker Robin Hawley.

More about Sokol Blosser here.

Stoller Family Estate LaRue Brut Rosé:

TASTING NOTES:

Wine:  Stoller Family Estate Larue’s Brut Rosé – Dundee Hills, OR.

Vintage:  2015

Alcohol:  12%

Link to Producer Specs here70% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay. Bottled September 2018.

Suggested Retail: $  65

Robe:  Venetian amber-gold hue, with subtle copper hints. Single, pinpoint perled shaft, diaphanous mousse.

Nose: Brioche, toast, golden apple notes.

Bouche: Lemon zest, fleshy golden apple, quince bouche; complex, multi-layered finish. Divine.

More about Stoller Family Estates here.

 

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