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Monday, January 18, 2010

N/V Piper Sonoma Brut Select Cuvee

We had this wine two years ago - Check it If you don't care enough to read, the gist is we thought it was okay but something seemed off. It seemed like it was time to give it another spin.

I'm going to call it at a blend of cantaloupe and honeydew on the nose.

This is a big wine. Loads of pear and apple of the green and golden varieties, plus a clear citrus quality. There's also an interesting (mass made) ginger ale thing happening - it's not terribly sweet and has a very enjoyable tart/bitter quality.

A spiced pear and ginger quality linger on the finish.

This is about ten bucks and can be found at many grocery and liquor stores – if you're in a pinch you can do worse, but I'm not rushing out to get it again.

Score - 81


Bill from Wine For Newbies said...

Nice review, although I think I enjoyed this sparkler more than you did. Not the best I've ever had, but I find myself picking it up as often as any of the other California sparkling wines.

What are people drinking from California that they enjoy these days?

thewineauxs said...

Coming down the pipeline is a review for Chandon's Etoile sparkling rose, which I was a big fan of.

In the under $20 range, I really like Gloria Ferrer's offerings from California, but for the most part in that price range, I'd rather grab something sparkling from L Mawby in Michigan or over Spain (or Italy or France).