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2012 Ultramarine Blanc de Noirs (Late Disgorged) Charles Heintz Vineyard

Pinot Noir

  • USA
  • California
  • Sonoma County
  • Sonoma Coast
Drink between 2020 - 2027 (Edit)
CT92.3 5 reviews
Label borrowed from 2015
Label borrowed from 2017

Community Tasting Notes 5

  • Fugu Me Likes this wine:

    September 11, 2021 - Simultaneously rich and light, this was lovely and delicious. Bright enough to go well with sushi, it had depth and was delightful on its own. Gorgeous copper-tinged color added to the overall aesthetic appeal. Sadly my only bottle of the late-disgorged 2012. I could drink this all of the time.

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  • Mrbuzz Likes this wine: 94 points

    September 2, 2021 - Disgorged 11-18-20...I believe no dos. Cool looking color! Kind of a metallic aged Burgundy with shiny gold and green tinge...nose of fresh cold apple cider, peach pie, cherry skin, floral lychee. More citrus tingle than I expected...tiny prickly bubbles, more intense citrus cut than I thought it would at times...yet there is a super nice ginger/apricot chiffon mousse that creams and calms. Rich and fleshy vinous fruit...wonderful sour to the salt to the ripeness...subtle lees and yeast...less than expected...shows that exotic almond liqueur nuance that I get in these wines...really bright and punchy...the age has brought on some sautéed honey butter, slight bruised apple...but really no signs of aged ox. Fascinating burst of sour energy like a current release wine at first...then the calmness and complexity contemplation like an aged one. I think a little more bottle age will do wonders to polish the balance...would hold another bottle(if I had one) for a couple more years. Another extremely TASTY, and FUN, wine from UM!

  • Shay.Aldriedge Likes this wine: 93 points

    July 17, 2021 - Having been a long time fan of Michael Cruse and his Ultramarine wines, I was excited to try my first late disgorged offering. Michael recommended at least 6 months post disgorgement before opening…this was disgorged Nov 2020, so I was able to give this 8 months.

    Compared to the regular Blanc de noir, I didn’t get that cream soda type note on the nose upon opening, but a lot of this was similar to its regular sibling. Definitely a core of oxidized Apple, with notes of Apple strudel, Bosc pear, and a Carmex note I get with a lot of zero dosage grower champagnes. On the palate it was more full bodied and rich, with a very vinous profile. Closer to high quality white wine than it was sparkler. Bubbles weren’t aggressive. The fruit was mainly Granny Smith Apple, lime stone, and sea salted grilled lemon. Not yeasty. At the additional cost compared to the regular offerings, the comparison is debateable, but the wine is without a doubt well made and fun to try.

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  • mark2eye wrote: 90 points

    December 31, 2020 - Amber reddish gold in color

    Ripened apples with a slight tartness

  • jrkennedy37 wrote:

    December 19, 2020 - Tried back to back with the '16 BdN and I definitely see the similarities. Nose, palate, just about everything is the same except the LD is more subdued across the board. I'm a big fan of Cruse's wine in general so thought this would be fun to try, despite the hefty price tag. It was a good education on what happens with a few extra years on the lees, though I can't say it's much better than drinking a regular disgorgement bottle.

    My expectations were centered around LD expressions I've seen from major champagne houses as well as some of the domestic holdings from taittinger, Schramsberg and J, which build on the bready elements and gain weight and complexity with time. This did neither.

    I do think the '16s are much better made wines than the '12s, as Cruse has improved his technique, so I'm curious how some of these more recent vintages would fare as LD expressions (maybe with ~12 years on the lees vs only 8?).

    2 people found this helpful Comment

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Wine Definition

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

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 6 (8%)
  • In Cellars 56 (70%)
  • Consumed 18 (23%)

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