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Ricci Vineyard St. Laurent 2020

Persistent fine mousse, wild strawberries, slightly vegetal, fun and fresh 😋 — 7 days ago

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Nouveau Napa Valley Valdiguié 2019

Great summer food pairing — 2 months ago

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Ultramarine Wines

Charles Heintz Vineyard Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir 2012

Shay A
9.3

This is the 2012 Late Disgorged Blanc de Noir.

Having been a long time fan of Michael Cruse and his Ultramarine wines, I was excited to try my first late disgorged offering. Michael recommended at least 6 months post disgorgement before opening…this was disgorged Nov 2020, so I was able to give this 8 months.

Compared to the regular Blanc de noir, I didn’t get that cream soda type note on the nose upon opening, but a lot of this was similar to its regular sibling. Definitely a core of oxidized Apple, with notes of Apple strudel, Bosc pear, and a Carmex note I get with a lot of zero dosage grower champagnes. On the palate it was more full bodied and rich, with a very vinous profile. Closer to high quality white wine than it was sparkler. Bubbles weren’t aggressive. Fruit was mainly Granny Smith Apple with lime stone, and sea salted grilled lemon. Not yeasty. Tasty, as expected!
— 2 months ago

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Bryan Kesting

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@Shay A: nice, was curious about this one. Great note!
Hugh O'Riordan

Hugh O'Riordan

Good review
Anna Sangiacomo

Anna Sangiacomo

Great notes.

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Pétillant Naturel Ricci Vineyard Sparkling St. Laurent

2020. Pink red color. Fine bubbles and mousse. Savory notes with sharp tannins that make me think of angostura bitters — 6 days ago

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Cruse Tradition Rosé 2018

Strawberries, cherry pie, fine bead, vinous 🍒🇺🇸😋 — 2 months ago

Severn, Shay and 10 others liked this

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Delfino Vineyard Pinot Gris

Easy drinking. Structured enough to pair well with seafood. Drank with crawfish pasta in New Orleans. — 4 months ago

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Rancho Chimiles Vineyard Valdiguié

Green fig, pomegranate, pepper. Lightly tannic. Drank on a cool night in Asheville at Bottle Riot. — 12 days ago

Joseph Lewinski
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Tradition Sparkling Chardonnay - Pinot Noir Blend 2017

Shay A
9.2

My last of these. I experienced a bit of bottle variation with mine, some showing extremely fresh and others not so much. I’m a fan of Michael Cruse and enjoy his Ultramarine sparklers, and while it’s hard to compare UM to this, there are similarities and these are really delicious, especially for the money. This has a grower champagne like profile to it.

2017 base (released spring 2020), zero dosage. My first experience with this was during the dosage trial last year. Lots of fun to taste this wine at different levels. On previous bottles, it never came across as zero dosage, yet this final bottle had a pronounced carmex-like aromatic I get with many zero dosage sparklers. Oxidized aromatics and notes on the palate. This is apple everything...browned golden delicious apple, Apple strudel, apple spice. Mid palate is fairly rich with limestone, floral nuances, and a tart finish. Mousse here has died down some and the profile has become more vinous. I’d enjoy these sooner rather than later to capture the freshness.
— 4 months ago

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