2011 Ultramarine -  Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir (93 pts)

2011 Ultramarine - Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir (93 pts)

7/9/2021, 3:38:12 AM
2011 Ultramarine - Sparkling Rosé of Pinot Noir (93 pts) @ultramarinewine @crusewine · 🙋‍♂️ What is your favorite new world sparkling wine❓· ℹ️ The wine is 💯 Pinot Noir from the Charles Heintz vineyard in the Sonoma Coast AVA of California. This wine was made using the Saignée method, which means to "bleed off" from the skins. The result is a darker and bolder style sparkling wine. Also, a lot more flavors and texture, resembling what a still wine would taste like from the same grapes. Often referred to as being "vinous" in winespeak. A significant time on lees and was bottled with a dosage of 6 grams per liter· 👁 Deep salmon color· 👃 Medium+ intensity on the nose. Aromas of ripe strawberry, cranberry, red currant, yeast, baked bread, reduction, smoke, kumquat, blood orange, and lavender· 👄 The wine is dry, medium+ acidity, medium alcohol, and medium+ body. Fine bubbles and a very chalky texture on the palate. A long length finish of ripe red berries with a touch of blood orange bitterness· 🔔 This is basically a great low-ish alcohol Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir with bubbles. I love it for being so vinous and quality sparkling at the same time. It is saignée so it gets that funky darker color and a kiss of tannins resulting in a lot of texture. A lot of people rave about the Ultramarine BdB and they are very good, but this wine shows so much of the thought process on how to make quality Californian sparkling wine that is unique. It's not trying to be Champagne, but high end ripe single vineyard fruit in the foreground. Balanced 12% ABV, great acidity, and a lengthy finish. Sadly this is my last bottle and showed the best 🍾

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