Gruet Blanc de Noirs Brut ($13.99)
This clear, pale-gold sparkling wine from New Mexico shows bright-gold glints against the light but no hint of pink despite its being a blanc de noirs (white sparkling wine made from "black" Pinot Noir grapes). It froths up in a foamy mousse when poured, then falls back to a lasting bubble stream. Apples and a hint of milk chocolate combine in an appealing aroma. Crisp and tart, ripe apples and tangy fresh-fruit acidity define the flavor; carbonation provides a foamy mouthfeel. Not overly long, but tart lemon-squirt acidity remains in a cleansing finish. A particularly good sparkler to go with food. US Importer: (Dec 20, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: This is a food-friendly sparkler. It made a stunning match with a roast chicken with thin slices of Oregon black truffle poked beneath the breast skin.



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