Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut Rosé

Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut Rosé
California

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Tonight we had friends over for dinner to celebrate their engagement (congratulations Kevin and Kia!). I whipped up some of their favorite Italian classics and reached for a bottle of Mirabelle Rosé.

Schramsberg has a special place in our hearts, as it was one of our first stops on our honeymoon back in 2011. The Mirabelle is their entry level sparkling rosé. It's made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in the traditional Champagne method, spending about two years on the lees after the secondary fermentation. The final product has a great balance of fruit, freshness, and yeasty goodness.

Review: The Mirabelle is a soft salmon color with beautiful tiny streaming bubbles and bright aromas of ripe strawberries and red currants. It is dry on the palate (squarely in the Brut category) with mouth watering acidity and a soft mousse. The flavors of red berries are complemented by nutty almonds, a touch of toast, and some spicy ginger. The finish comes with a tiny hint of bitterness that provided a nice counterpoint to the fresh fruits.

Food Pairing: A versatile bubbly - we enjoyed it first as an aperitif and then with Chicken Marsala. The bright acidity was the perfect counterpart to the earthy mushrooms and salty pancetta in the sauce.     

Bottom Line: A lovely bottle of bubbles. Great for all occasions. 

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 Wine Geekery:
  • VINTAGE: Non Vintage
  • PLACE: 31% Napa, 24% Sonoma, 18% Mendocino, 16% Monterey, 6% Marin, 5% Santa Barbara
  • GRAPE: 36% Chardonnay, 64% Pinot Noir
  • BOOZE: 12.8%
  • RESIDUAL SUGAR: 11 g/L
  • CELLAR: Drink now
  • schramsberg.com
Where did I get it? Midtown Wines & Spirits
What's the damage? High Priced

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