2008 Domaine Carneros Brut Sparkling Wine

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Wine of the Week: 2008 Domaine Carneros Brut Sparkling Wine
Region & Country: Carneros, California
Price: $20

The holidays may be over, but there is always a reason to open a bottle of ‘bubbly’ — especially one so tasty and good value as this week’s wine.

I have long been a fan of the Domaine Carneros sparkling wines. This 2008 vintage dated Brut style is elegant, smooth and mouth filling with very persistent tiny bubbles that invigorate and refresh the palate. It shows quite a lot of toasty and brioche-like autolytic notes both on the nose and palate, which nicely mingle with subtle hints of red apple and wild cherry. A lively, bright sparkler fit for any occasion.

At the table: Enjoy this 2008 Brut-style California sparkler on its own, or with savory nibbles like smoked almonds or Nicoise olives. The crisp acidity will also cut through cold cuts such as salami or chorizo. Also, works sublimely well with mushroom and egg dishes. Try it with a rich dish of Eggs Benedict — a truly delicious combination.

About Domaine Carneros and the 2008 Brut Sparkling wine.
Domaine Carneros is one of the most well-known and respected producers of California sparkling wine. Situated in the heart of the Carneros AVA, the Domaine was founded by the famous Champagne House of Taittinger in 1987. CEO and founding Winemaker Eileen Crane is still at the helm and has become somewhat of a legend raising the quality and elegance bar in California sparkling wine.

This 2008 Brut wine is a blend of 57% Pinot Noir and 43% Chardonnay. It was aged in bottle on its lees for three years before disgorging. Dosage is about 9-10g.

Mary Gorman-McAdams, MW (Master of Wine), is a New York based wine educator, freelance writer and consultant. In 2012 she was honored as a Dame Chevalier de L’Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne.

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