Saturday, July 5, 2014

Piper Sonoma Brut
Piper Sonoma Brut
Sonoma, California

Happy Birthday 'Murica! Here are some bubbles, American grown of course, just for you! Piper Sonoma is a traditional method sparkling wine house in -- you guessed it -- Sonoma California.

Traditional Champagne grapes -- Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier -- are hand harvested and whole cluster pressed. To preserve the house style of this non-vintage bubbly, 20-25 percent of reserve wines are added the blend. After the second fermentation the wine rests in the bottle for 18 months on the lees (spent yeast) to bring a depth of flavor and toasty character to the wine.

Review: The Piper Sonoma Brut has a lovely soft gold color with small persistent bubbles. The wine shows aromas of ripe pears, golden apples and jasmine. On the palate, the wine is dry (bordering on off dry) with a soft creamy texture. Flavors of apples, white flowers, lemon zest, wet stone, and a touch of brioche linger for a moment on the palate for a lengthy finish.

I was surprised by the depth of flavor of this wine -- it has ripe tree fruits, citrus, minerals, and toast. My only wish is that the acidity were a touch higher. As it is, the wine has a softness, but I would like it to be more bright and zippy. All in all, coming in around $15, I don't have much to complain about. 

Food Pairing: Great for as an aperitif, sparkling cocktails and mimosas. Pair with fishes and light fare. 

Bottom Line: Nice and easy at a nice and easy price.

Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: Sonoma, California
  • GRAPE: 60% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir, 25% Pinot Meunier
  • BOOZE: 13.5%
  • CELLAR: Drink now
Where did I get it? Wegman's
What's the damage? Mid Priced

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