Domaine Ste Michelle, NV, Blanc de Noirs, Columbia Valley (borders Oregon immediately to the South), Washington State, USA.
A pinot noir dominated blend, with just a little pinot meunier, traditional method, mushroom cork closure, 11.5% abv. Ann et Vin, about £14.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – medium intensity salmon (gold with a red tint), showing small bubbles and tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a pronounced intensity, youthful, with aromas of biscuits, warm bread dough, red fruit – cherry and red currant (spicy almost like quince), with a hint of aniseed.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, no tannin but with a slight gummy grip (I start to get the sense that this points to a pinot noir dominated blend, or blanc de noirs), medium alcohol and medium body, and with a medium (+) intensity, with flavours of warm bread dough, red currant, with hints of toast and roasted nuts. A creamy mousse, with a long persistence, and a medium (+) length.
Quality – a good quality wine, with some autolytic and post-disgorgement notes, and a balance between rounded acidity and alcohol+residual sugar, which are harmonious with the intensity of flavour.