Fantastic wine, at a great age right now. A great balance of acid and oxidized richness, creamy marzipan, yeast, orange marmalade, lemon rind. Still aggressive mousse, although color starting to darken a bit.
So...after having the 2004 at the winery, then a KILLER 2001 found locally...thought I'd try this old dude also found locally. Well....much more advanced than the '01....dark golden color, still with tiny dissipating bubbles. First impression is an oxidative appleness, as well as a slight rust metal thing?? Funny....I took off the capsule, and put the bottle on the counter to grab a glass....and I heard a loud POP!! The cork blew!....then my wife goes..."that's why you're suppose to put your thumb over the cork when you take off the caspule?!?!?!"....she might as well have added "dumb shit!" Anyway...after a little air and a couple sips...the wine airs out...shows more crisp citrus to the caramel apple and aged honey notes....very soft and light bubbles, bread yeast, baked pear, brandy barrel, lemon mousse. Yes...some aged character, yet does have freshness and good feel. More aged than I would like, compared to the killer benchmark 2001(95pts),....so a few points less. But all in all....a pretty nice aged domestic bubbly!
Tiny bubbles eminate from this golden elixer. Bakery scents of fresh sourdough and yeast dominate the nose. Lemon zest and biscuit dominate the medium full body. Finish has lovely acidity. This paired beautifully with homemade steak fajitas. This is just entering maturity and I suspect it will stay at current plateau for next 7-10 yrs.
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