Great bottle of bubbly. Mellow but with excellent balance and sex appeal. This is a real overachiever and qpr at around $30 per. Although I don't think the wine will improve more, the bottle shows no signs of going downhill. I plan to drink my remaining two bottles over the next few years.
Still has tons of fresh and lively bubbles, crisp citrus fruit, nice aged caramel and nuttiness, ginger ale. Weighty, not as airy and moussy as you get in some sparklers, but it is refreshing. Has nice vanilla butter, and toast to it....as well as a little mineral funk. For a Vintage domestic cheapo...this is pretty great stuff! Surprisingly it should go many many more years.
bubbles still hanging on but a little bit short-lived so be ready to drink it up in 30 minutes or so. Has some nice soft edges from age and has developed some yeasty esters but my bottle was ust a little oxidized too.
I paid 22 bucks at Pete's in Seattle - worth it to give a 13 year old sparkler a try but probably won't repeat.
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