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White - Sparkling

2012 Ultramarine Blanc de Blancs (Late Disgorged) Heintz Vineyard Sonoma Coast

Chardonnay

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
Drink between 2020 - 2027 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Michael Zoppo Likes this wine:

    October 25, 2021 - Only 80 bottles exist, so you can't help but be a bit picky about opening this one. I wish I could have done a side-by-side with the regular bottling, but based on taste memory, this showed more richness, more biscuit notes, and some oxidative notes. Ultramarine's regular bottles might be compared (style-wise) to Cedric Buchard's -- they impress on their pure fruit and acidity. But this was almost like someone mixed some Egly VP into a regular UM bottling. Truly world class, fully competitive with Champage, and I look forward to trying the late disgorged BdN.

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  • BURGHen Boy Likes this wine: 94 points

    October 16, 2021 - Toasty, briny. Just the right hand

  • Jahull03 wrote:

    May 29, 2021 - Not as exuberant and citric as the regular bottling - this is more subtle, with peach and even baked-peach (not quite caramel) notes. A beautiful wine, and fascinating to try in comparison to the regular-disgorgement bottles.

  • Ben F Likes this wine: 96 points

    February 27, 2021 - Dinner at Home, Mill Valley, CA. From 750ml. Opened 1/2 hr prior to serving. Takeout from Atelier Crenn.

    A definite step up in complexity from the regular bottling, based on my experience. We enjoyed a bottle of the 2012 BdB a couple of years ago, and have willfully imbibed more recent vintages of the same, but this was another level. The subtlety that LD seems to have coaxed from the wine was enthralling. Highly recommended.

  • jrkennedy37 wrote:

    December 18, 2020 - Accidentally drank this thinking it was a regular disgorgement. Definitely the better of the two (vs BdN LD) though seemed fairly linear, especially when compared to younger versions of the BdB. It doesn't taste all that different than regular disgorgements - it pretty much just tasted like a subdued version of younger BdBs without extra yeast elements or additional complexities typical of late disgorgement programs. Not sure if these will transform into completely different wines like LD champagne releases, and I imagine they're drinking at peak at the moment.

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Ultramarine
  • Varietal Chardonnay
  • Designation Blanc de Blancs (Late Disgorged)
  • Vineyard Heintz Vineyard
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion Sonoma County
  • Appellation Sonoma Coast

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (8%)
  • In Cellars 55 (73%)
  • Consumed 14 (19%)

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