While it’s always best to drink non-vintage sparkling wines within a year or two of release, I have a feeling this bottle was lost on a store shelf somewhere before I bought it – but it turned out to be wonderful. While recognizably slightly more aged than I expected, the wine had only improved. The yeast was toasted in the aroma. A great honeyed quality arose in both aroma and flavor as soon as the wine warmed up a bit. On the palate, there was a touch of creaminess and some peach-skin fruit, yet it was very refreshing. The finish was lemony-citric with some tannins too.
Drink as an aperitif, or with light dishes including plain meats and simple vegetable preparations.
Highly recommended: 91 – Becky Sue Epstein
WHO: Piper Sonoma
WHAT: 60% chardonnay, 25% pinot meunier, 15% pinot noir
WHERE: Sonoma County, California
HOW MUCH: $16 (average)