Region: California – Russian River Valley – USA
Pale straw color with aromas of honey, lime, and freshly baked bread. Slightly floral with notes of yeast, lemon, and apricot. Refreshing and balanced with tiny bubbles and good acidity. Pairs well with spicy dishes, fresh seafood, or soft cheeses such as Brie.
Recommendations: Well, it’s been a week and I’m back from vacation, so I figured what better way to start than with some bubbles. I don’t usually drink a ton of sparkling wine, Champagne or not, but when I got this sample I was definitely intrigued as a good friend of mine is a big fan of bubbles and has been slowly but surely pressing it upon me.
I got lime and a bit of baked bread on the nose, but what I really got was the yeast on the palate. With just a hint of sweetness, which I’ll chalk up to the apricot the tasting notes claimed I would taste, and a nice acid finish, it was an enjoyable wine. The small bubbles made it easy to drink, and the dinner of a deconstructed chicken pot pie was actually a nice pairing for this, as the flavors of the wine helped cut through the creaminess of the food.
The tasting notes suggested pairing this with a Brie, and as a fan of baked Brie I can say with some certainty that this would be a great pairing, so if you’re looking ahead to holiday parties, this would be an excellent pairing with a cheese or seafood platter or for when the ball drops and we welcome a new year.
Whether planning for a party or just looking for something different with your dinner, the 2007 Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs is definitely worth checking out and one I enjoyed and might be featuring during my holiday celebrations.