Only an hour away from downtown Boston, is a lovely, well-situated parcel of vineyards, situated between the East and West estuaries of Massachusetts’ Westport River. Westport Rivers Vineyards has more than 25 years under its belt producing wines, though the former potato and dairy farm has been worked by the Russell family for four generations.
The farming families along the Coastal Wine Trail are building on the foundation that New England has been producing wine since the first settlers arrived from Europe almost 400 years ago.
Crisp yet remarkably rounded out by over seven years on lees, it had a pretty much perfect combination of toasty, pastry, citrusy, and mineral notes, with just a nice touch of gentle oxidation and a bit of fresh apple, great length and fine bubbles. This 100% chardonnay sparkling wine is well worth its $30 sale price, and it is yet another proof (along with the quality of Nova Scotia bubblies, for instance) that East Coast wine regions have great conditions to produce top sparkling wines.