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Friday, February 12, 2010

N/V Domaine Chandon Etoile Rose

This goes for $50 at the winery, but can be found for much less if you shop around. The prices on Chandon's website are obscenely high compared to what you can find at a wine shop. Etoile used to have bottle cap enclosures, but this came with a standard sparkler cork.

Fresh red raspberry on the nose. I rarely comment on color, but apparently this wine gets a splash of still full power Pinot Noir to give it a rather dark color.

The palate here has a striking amount of green tea powder – sort of like the green tea you get in green tea ice cream or Starbucks, rather than actual brewed green tea. It's interesting. That's not all – there's also a bit of toast, some yeast, strawberry, apple (golden and red), caraway – there's even an odd Crystal Pepsi thing going on. I don't want to go off on a tangent, but the fact that Crystal Pepsi has been discontinued for so long is a crime against humanity – perhaps the worst since, I don't know, the presidential election of Gerald Ford? That was such a dark day, few people acknowledge it even happened. Anyway – join the Facebook group here and let Pepsi Hussein Cola know how you feel.

Excellent length on the finish – rye toast, blueberry, and raspberry.

For about the price of two cans of Crystal Pepsi on eBay, this works alright.

Score - 90

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