Slight pink in color. Good bubbles. Nice nose of berries. Slightly toasty with a hint of apples and strawberries on the palate. This has replaced the Gruet Brut as my go to party champagne. Great stuff and always a crowd pleaser.
Clear, medium (+) yellow in color. The nose is clean, with some nice apple, toast and hazelnut. The palate is dry, with medium (+) acidity, and medium alcohol (12%). Medium flavor intensity and length. This is a tasty and well-balanced bubbly which, in a blind tasting, would probably rate as high as others costing twice as much.
Interesting. Had a slight reddish hue color. I assumed it was a rose. Nose and palate were quite mild and light. Slight aroma of apple. Maybe some straw or hay or grassy note. Palate was very crisp, dry / acidic. Not off-putting, but bracing. Good structure.
Brunch (Tim and Elliott's Place, San Francisco): Light golden; aromatics are minimal to medium, slight yeast; palate has a bit too large bubbles, slight bitterness which is odd, fruit is minimal; short finish. They recently changed the vineyard to grapes sourced from California for their NV and it is a drastic step down from what used to be a very decent wine. 80-82
Tasted among a series of champagnes and sparking wines on New Years Eve (2016). This was the slightly more flavored than the Freixenet. It is consistently a great value and aside from being on the light side, it represented good value. The champagnes included (in the ascending order of scores) Freixenet (Black bottle) 85, Gruet Blanc Des Noirs NV -88, Perrier Jouet Brut NV - 90, Roederer Estate Brut (Anderson Valley - 91, and Krug Vintage 2003 -96
Not sweet. Bubbly, had that certain New Mexican terroir (see my earlier note about a certain Virginia sparkling wine....) clean, crisp easy to drink while welcoming in the New Year on the slopes of Taos!
Still a good value if you can get it for $13-15. Lately, I've been buying and drinking a wide array of French champagnes for $25 each. They have nearly all been substantially better than this, which it should be for the price differential. But I remember Gruet being better than the somehow thick and muted flavors this bottle offers.
First time trying this. Darker straw color, fast mid size bubbles, taste has good intensity, berries, acidity that's sooth unlike other sparkling's that very sharp / crisp / fresh (my own personal bias is good intensity over sharp acidity) - excellent QPR in my opinion for less than USD 14.
Somewhat surprised about the quality of this wine, although it frequently receives quality reviews. Strawberries and cherries, good round mouthfeel, good bubbles and carbonation. Quite a nice champagne style wine for the price. Would certainly buy again.
This is our "go to"/house champagne, saving the special bubbly for special occasions. Consistently good, made mostly with Pinot Noir grapes (thus the "de Noir"). Agree, not as crisp and austere as other bubblies, but that makes it a tad more accessible. Touch of nutty and yeasty taste. For under $15, this is quite the bargain.
Medium straw yellow with some pink shade, 12% abv. Persistent pearl strings of mm-size bubbles emanating. Medium(-) aromas of red berries, strawberries and some bread notes. Bone dry, high acidity, medium alcohol and body. Medium flavors of lemon zest, strawberries. Delicate mousse is rather frothy when entering the mouth. Good racy finish and lingering autolytic flavors. Excellent value for money ($15 per bottle). Will try out the Gruet range.
Great concentration. Rich, mineral, yeastiness (which also smells like wet concrete), excellent mouthfeel. Friendly and approachable in style. Does not seem as dry as other bruts. Gruet does not make anything bad. 88-89.
Sight: Clear, Bright. Pearlescent, very very light pinkish/orangeish hue. Nice viscosity, fine bubbles. Nose: Summer fruit and melon, pear. A bit of yeasty toastyness. Pallet: Dry, raspberry, perceived as sweet.
Another Gruet that goes down easy and disappears quickly. Touch of gold color, light and vibrant mousse. Not very aromatic but enough heft on the palate to make it interesting. A little brioche and sourdough. Fantastic with food. Tonight it was grilled shrimp and Indonesian daal, lamb curry, spicy chix and veggies.
Very light. Lots of bubbles - noted as interesting as right after opening a totally flat bottle... Extremely light and not must interest or flavor. Not sure what to do with my remaining 8 bottles, who can I serve them to????
What a solid sparkler for the price. Notes of green apple on the palate, with ripe apple and orange peel on the palate, with a touch of breadiness. Almost off-dry, and while not necessarily elegant, at $13 this is a heck of a value.
Less mousse in this bottle or it may have been a function of the stemware. Had this with fig halves topped with a dollop of goat cheese, a drizzle of balsamic vinegar and then wrapped with pancetta and broiled. Yummy and a good match!
beautiful yellow/green color, very fine bubbles, apple and vanilla on the nose, bright acidity, mild yeast, apple pie, baked pear and mild cinnamon spice with a pleasant medium finish, can't beat this for the price and I can see why WS ranked in top 100 and a smart buy
This is consistently one of the best values around in U.S. sparkling wine. It is clean, dry and fresh, with a generous palate of apples and toasty vanilla. Tried it blind with other sparkling wines and this was consistently a crowd-pleaser.
I am a fan of this family - I have to say that after trying other "Big House" Champagne at the $75 and $100 price ranges, I still vastly prefer this wine. That is my personal preference, obviously.
This has great acidity and the nose pops with almost a cidery beer quality, not like the cider you get from a farm. Big macintosh flavors and green apples with white grapes aromas and tastes. I love the mouse this wine has to offer and the spritely freshness of the wine. A wonderful value.
Medium gold in color with lively bubbles. The nose is clean, with some croissant and pear. The nose is medium in intensity. The palate is clean and dry, with pear, green apple, lemon and a hint of toasted hazelnut on the finish. This a very crisp and balanced French-style bubbly. Drink now, not intended for ageaing. Good by itself or with food. A very good value for the money, this is consistently very good.
A bit over half the price of the Roederer Estate Anderson Valley NV Brut and the Gruet NV Blanc de Noirs and NV Brut never fail to please, although they are not quite as elegant. Still, both of the Gruets are very pleasing.
Full gold color with hints of amber. Fine steady bead in the glass. Aromas of winter wheat, chalk, stone fruit and strawberry. Racy palate with citrus and stone fruit flavors along with mild chalk and yeast. Well balanced and nicely complex for its price point. Crisp finish. Always consistently good QPR. Perfect with my take-out sushi!
Normally, I am a fan of this simple sparkler. This bottle had lost much of its bubbly and tasted so much like apples, our entire group thought it tasted more like mild hard cider. Pleasant enough if one enjoys that, but not when expecting a blanc de noirs. Bottle flaw?
A simple but pleasant sparkler, with aromas of bread, yeast, green apple and a hint of citrus. The flavors match with biscuit, yeast and green apple. Nice mouthfeel. Nothing extraordinary but very solid for the price.
Lots of fizz but a little flat on fruit. Not much on the nose, and the mousse died quickly. Nonetheless, everyone was amazed that this wine came from New Mexico. This was a bottle that I've had for over a year - maybe that's why it lost its mojo?
Initial taste a bit disappointing but this really came around after about 30 minutes after opening. Soft smoky apple nose with cinnamon. Tart berry body with an elemental chalk flavor. Alcohol not well integrated.
The first bottle I tried was corked. Biscuity, nutty, toasty aromas. Mango, apple, and dried apricots on the palate. There's a mild but noticeable bitter, tannin-like element in the background; it isn't enough to be annoying, and adds some complexity. Good acidity. Unimpressive bubbles and mouthfeel.
Awful! Must be something wrong with this bottle. Harsh, bitter, tastes like eating wet wood chips.... Tastes like.... Cork! I'm guessing it's a corked bottle based on all the other reviews. Coarse bubbles, poor mouthfeel. Will have to try again.
I liked this less than their regular Brut, which I found light and somewhat austere. This sparkler had more of a weighty, creamy texture that I usually like, but had a bit too much fruit and not enough balancing acidity. Still better than many at its price.
Rated our favorite as the food sparkler of choice for a rehearsal dinner for 60+ people. Good complexity and acidity. Stood up to a spicy pork dish and a spicier shrimp dish. Wasn't overly tart like many of the sparklers we sampled, nor did it have any annoying aftertastes like many of them had or developed over the course of several hours of sampling. It was good upon opening, again not a trait shared by many of the sparklers in our sample, and didn't need any airing. It had a very pleasant nose with a hint of yeast and red fruit. It opened up nicely over the course of several hours and as it warmed towards room temperature...interesting and tasty the entire time. It was decent two days later when we finished off part of the bottle, though it was slim on the effervescence scale. Great bang for the buck and you will stump people on the country of origin...forget them guessing the state it's from!
Recently appeared on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2011, this wine was by far the driest of the bunch. This had some cream as well but not as pronounced as the Duval Leroy. It also had some flavors of ginger and cinnamon.
Lots of bubbles that start to fade within 30 minutes after opening. Medium straw with a tinge of salmon color. Yeasty and citrusy with undertones of oak and faint vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel that finishes with a flop. Nothing very noteworthy or special about this; once again Wine Spectator missed the mark by naming this in its Annual Top 100. Good inexpensive quaffer for $13.
Never had this or any other Gruet before (I brought it), so I was curious to try it. I thought it was fine, though there was something sharp on the back end that distracted and not in a good way. For around the same price, I can get a good Limoux or a Cremant de Loire/Bourgogne that will be better.
Salmon color with an abundance of dispersed tiny bubbles with brioche and apple aromas. On the palate approaching medium bodied with a moderately aggressive mousse, balanced with pear, sweet baking spice, vanilla, and nuanced citrus flavors. Short finish . Very good QPR @$14. Will buy more!
Certainly performs well for the tariff. Pleasant, not really particularly interesting. Nice vigor, but sort of seems like the CO2 is trying to make up for low acidity. Good quaffing bubbly, but not one that inspires deep attention.
nose: not well defined...kind of a faded apple, but there isn't much there. palate:all the fruit seems to be upfront, then it fades quickly. Watery pear and apple mostly, then the finish seem to surge back with some lemon and a touch of rind, but it's not that forceful. Altogether, it's a nice domestic sparkler, though it seems to lack not only intensity but also presence. Just a tad bitter, it's definitely on the dry side of sparkling. Body isn't very 'noir'-like. A good choice for when a prosecco would be too sweet - I would buy it again for under $13
The nose comes across as rather opulent, showing tones sweet apple, pineapple, and fresh baked cinnamon buns. The palate opens with an equal level of sweet caramelized apples and a pie crust component. The wine quickly progresses through weak mid-palate flavors of lemon meringue to the short finish of sugared lemon peel and apple. The relatively weak structure and progression on the palate highlight the lack of balancing acidity. The flavors are enjoyable (albeit one dimensional), but perhaps are a bit too sweet. R&M 80
Simple, with round fairly larged sized bubbles. Pleasant red fruit flavors but comes off slightly off-dry. Uninspiring. Had the brut Rose the night before and that showed more personality. I would probably purchase the brut over this every time
There is a decidedly green streak running through the aroma of this wine, with grass and green apples, and nearly a hint of green chilies running through it initially. A spin in the glass opens a more buttery, creamy profile, with mixed spices, vanilla, and a soft yeasty tone. This is a very intriguing nose, and it’s entertainingly complex (I think I may have sat and sniffed for five minutes before I even took a sip.)
The palate has a nice initial entry. It’s subtle and smooth, with a foamy, somewhat frothy mousse. Vanilla cream dolloped on golden and green apples is the initial impression, moving on to a soft yeastiness, edging on bread dough. There is a vanilla quality to this wine that gives it a friendliness, but a clear pumice-like minerality and a lemon pith tone toward the finish keep it serious. There is a good balance between contrasts in this wine, and it has a somewhat reserved, subtle flavor profile that encourages you to keep looking, as hints of a variety of flavors make an appearance throughout the drinking experience.
Had this at Palena with Aunt Peggy, Uncle B, Selma, and Ian. Always a solid effort from Gruet. Lively with yeast and green apple finishing with a touch of sweetness. Just an awesome apertif. And a killer pairing with the crudo that evening.
A Wine Berserkers thread (http://www.wineberserkers.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=24839&p=332976#p332976) trashing NV Veuve Clicquot inspired me to do a blind comparison of NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs and NV Veuve Clicquot last night. Both are locally available. The Gruet gets a fair amount of love for a $16 cheapie, and I was curious to see how it would stand up the Veuve, which is twice the price and has been getting trashed here.
Wine 1 – very pale yellow, copious fine mousse, citrus, slight artificial peach nose, creamy mouthfeel, light-medium body, a bit flabby, sweet artificial flavor notes on palate, short finish, average. Guessing this is the Gruet, which I’ve never had before. (75 pts)
Wine 2 – pale yellow, a shade darker than wine 1, bread and toast plus citrus on nose, light-medium body, fruit and minerals and nice balancing acidity, bit of earth, medium finish, very good. (84 pts)
I was pretty sure which wine was which, based on past experience with the Veuve, even though I had never had the Gruet before. So perhaps there was some unavoidable bias. But there was a clear difference between the wines, and I think I described what I tasted.
Wine 1 – NV Gruet Blanc de Noirs. My wife, who also tasted these blind, didn’t find anything to like about this wine. I wouldn’t buy more, and uses the rest of the bottle for Mimosas today.
Wine 2 – NV Veuve Clicquot. Not a killer Champagne, and yes there are more interesting things around in the same price range, but they have come back from a very lackluster bunch of years. Not worthy of the bashing it’s been getting in this thread. IMHO, of course.
Pale, almost clear as water. Some mineral on the nose. Decent palate. Some strawberry, citrus with mineral and bread. Nice acidity. When you want an inexpensive sparkler you could do far worse. Went well with a variety of goat cheese based appetizers.
sparkling (Waterford Wine Co., Milwaukee): nose: brioch and strawberry fruit. 'starting bread dough.' palate of rich strawberry fruit and more pronounced acid than the szigeti or the adami. shows some RS perception, when put in this field. it has the a very pale pink color.
Straightforward but bubbly - apple and pear with minerals and earthiness, . . . and bubbles. I enjoyed it, found it well worth the small price. If we think about sparkling wine to celebrate life without need for a big occasion, this certainly satisfies.
Sabered with one of Annie's new throwing knives. Unfortunately the bottle was a bit warm and half the contents spewed out. What remained was quite nice though. Medium bodied, crisp. flavors of citrus and apple. Short to medium length finish. Good value.
Got this bottle for $13 on sale at BevMo and drank before dinner. The bottle went from the fridge to the freezer, where it chilled-out for about 15 minutes. This is the second sparkler we've tried from this New Mexican winery and we're becoming fans of theirs. Their sparklers are very earthy/yeasty and not overly sweet, with a squeaky-clean finish. You can really taste the dirt in Gruet's bottles; we tried their demi sec (drank at a Michelin-rated restaurant and didn't rate on cellartracker since my memory is the WORST) and had to try another one of their bottles (this one) to see if the incredible food clouded our memories/judgement. No, the great food did not sway our judgement of Gruet; their sparklers are delicious, earthy, and incredible bargains. If you really love dirt/terrior, try one of Gruet's sparklers. They're great for the price!
Had an nice pink tinge. Really yeasty nose with a hint of strawberry shortcake. Crazy acidity. Some nice yeasty flavors. Get some savory strawberry and a bit of salinity. Definitely has the fuller body and coarseness that I associate with the Pinot. Nice sparkler. Great with appetizers.
Nose of chalk, green apple, acid, cider. Medium bodied with tangy sweet white apple fruit. Touch of biscuit. Initially I found this very tangy, but it seemed to get more open and "sweeter" with time or as my palate adjusted. Pretty good value for $13.
If you hide the fact that it's from NM, you will always rate it higher, and the comments on this forum attest to that fact. Notice the comments that start with the fact it is made somewhere other than France or California. For the price, this a lot better than many of the budget sparklers on the market. It doesn't have the same strawberry notes some of the noirs from France will have, but it's still enjoyable. If you want to be blown away, you will need to spend 4 times what this bottle goes for. Gruet is a great value.
A party guest brought this but it was not opened. I was disappointed when noticed it was from NM and simply put it aside for the next party. I finally opened it up and discovered a nice surprise - it was actually tasty and enjoyable!
Always good, affordable, and easy drinking domestic brut. Nothing too fancy but perfect for a warm-up to a big meal like Thanksgiving. Crisp, refreshing and tangy on the entry with a slightly sweet finish.
For a bubbly from New Mexico, I can't complain. It probably exceeded expectations in that respect. But as a bubbly in general, it seemed sloppy and unelegant. Every time I refilled my glass, the first whiff I got was dense toast, sulfur, and plastic. Very off-putting. Luckily, this would go away relatively quickly, and it softened into a more traditional yeasty smell. Taste is just as disjointed, showing the yeasty, toasty flavors up front, but then moving toward more sweet gala apple and pear flavors. There is just no finesse, or elegance in this wine. It's kind of just out there for you to taste, trying really hard to stand out among the crowd. For me, that isn't what a sparkler should be. It should be easy drinking, mellow and subtle. Besides that initial nose, there was nothing here that I necessarily disliked, but its complete lack of style and grace killed it for me. Good, but I'll go to an inexpensive Cava or Prosecco before coming back here.
A solid domestic Blanc de Noirs. Golden color. Nice nose with aromas of toast and berries. Tons of mousse. Medium-bodied, simple tart palate with fruity flavors of raspberries. Brut, with a just a bit of sweetness. Fairly large bubbles, but with a nice level of effervescence. Pleasant medium-length finish. Decent enough value and very food friendly. This was my first experience with Gruet’s sparklers, and I certainly look forward to trying their other offerings as well as this one again.
This New Mexico sparkler is a surprise and quite a treat. Medium-fine mousse with delicate bubbles floating to the surface through the duration of my glass. Aroma is typical yeasty citrus and apple with a boost of subtle strawberry, melon, and a bit of mushroomy funk. Full silky body with sharp acidity. Definitely not bone dry --just a little bit of sweetness through the mid-palate and finish. Very nice and an great value!
Half bottle cost $11. Very bubbly and crisp. Not sweet to my palate, but not bone dry either. Mid-good (82.5).
Per label: This wine has been "en tirage" for at least 24 months. Delicate pale salmon colour, richness, aromas that emanate from the predominant Pinot Noir. Abv 12%.
Per www.gruetwinery.com: The rich and toasty character of our Blanc de Noirs is balanced. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and has complex flavour. The berry aromas and creamy texture play create a great finesse. Aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with plenty of charm and toasty aromas. There is also a flavor of raspberry.
Light pale straw colour; fresh citrusy aromas on the nose. Crisp with nice acidity and well balanced. Flavours of honeysuckle, grapefruit, and just a tiny hint of white chocolate perhaps. Nice long finish.
No formal note. Good QPR sparkler to keep around the house. there was a lot of froth when poured, and the bubbles were a bit bigger than I like, contributing to a "cheap" mouthfeel -- but the flavor profile was quite good.
Pale copper color. Small bead but lots of froth. Nutty and apple aromas, more hazelnuts, apple, and a touch of berry on the palate. Nice brut wine, not harsh, with more complexity than many at this price point.
Light straw with a hint of peach in color. Soft nose that showed a little more nuance of fruit...or a little more sweetness than the Brut. A light entry that firmed up at the mid palate with a fresh palate of fruit that had a bracing framework around it. Again not bad for the price...
I have let my champagne expert dictate the tasting note on this one, and she says that if she had to buy a case for New Year's eve, she might consider this one, but we agree that this doesn't present anything interesting. "A step above inoffensive," is the bottom line. Not much depth, tart, yet still tasty. Nothing special, but decent enough for about $15,