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NV Gloria Ferrer Champagne & Sparkling Wine "Blanc de Noirs" (11/14)

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

Winery: Gloria Ferrer

Vintage: NV

Wine Name/Vineyard: "Blanc de Noirs" (11/14)

Wine Category: Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Grape blend: 92% Pinot Noir & 8% Chardonnay

Bottle size: 750 ml

Region: Carneros

State or country: CA

Price: $22

Cases produced: 23,000

KWG Score: 90 (based on 4 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good (89)

Review date: November 9, 2014

Wine Review: Another great interpretation of a quality Champagne from the famed Gloria Ferrer. The Blanc de Noirs is predominantly pinot noir, and it drinks like it too. Gloria Ferrer uses the fact that their fruit are, on average, riper than those from Champagne. Take a close look at this wine in the glass and you can see that it has the faintest hints of pink hues on the rim. On the nose this wines reminds me of a breakfast I once had; toast with strawberry jam, with a side of sliced figs. On the palate it drinks a bit lighter with hints of raspberries, strawberries, rose petals and pink grapefruit. The finish on the Blanc de Noirs is a bit richer than that of the Blanc de Blancs, but it is every bit as enjoyable. - Nicolay

Winemaker Notes: Bright strawberry and black cherry aromas with subtle vanilla highlights. Creamy cherry, lemon and cola flavors combine with a lush palate, small, lively bubbles and a persistent finish. Outstanding with crab, Thai cuisine, roast pork, quail, foie gras or semi-sweet desserts. Seasoning affinities include star anise, plum sauce and tarragon. Look to triple aged gouda or hard aged cheeses with persimmons and hazelnuts for the cheese course.

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