CS: December 2021


Rich Pickings: Succulent package of sparkling wine and dessert

During the vineyards 2018 Traditional Raw Method, Dundee Hills

Light gold in jewel tones with a complex layering of flavors and aromas. Lemongrass shows freshness on the nose with the earthy richness of sweet hay and stone fruit. Blood orange and rose balance a crisp lemony acidity. A fruity sensation of fleshy melon emerges on the mid-palate and passes to a clean, damp stone finish of eternal bubbles. $ 60; 256 cases

Apolloni vineyards NV Method Italiano Sparkling Rosé from Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley

Superb shade of an autumn sunset with an equally nice and crisp presentation. Light fruity notes of strawberry, watermelon and cranberry are embellished with a hint of white pepper. The aromas are repeated and accentuate on a tangy and fresh palate with a pleasant spicy foam. $ 38; 75 cases

Hyland Estates 2018 Method Champenoise Brut from a single vineyard, McMinnville

A real shade of champagne with warm aromas of marzipan, yellow apple and cream. Dry but rich in the mouth. Almond and marzipan flavors are enhanced by grapefruit acidity, gasoline, salinity and a lemony finish with lingering bubbles. $ 58; 200 cases

Bernau Estate 2017 Method Champenoise Brut Rosé, Willamette Valley

Pretty with a slipper pink hue and a rose petal nose with notes of strawberry, tangerine and apricot. The peachy white tea and the rose float on the finest of bubbles. Decadent, but not sweet, with a fresh orange and tangerine finish. $ 75; 736 cases

St. Innocent Vineyard 2016 Traditional Method Brut, Willamette Valley

Golden in every way with a bright, shiny color and aromas of Rumpelstiltskin quality sweet straw, amber honey, brioche and toasted grains. On the palate, a foam that fills the mouth reveals the fruity sweetness of golden raisins, toasted and honeyed cereals, and intense flavors of peach. $ 60; 125 cases

R. Stuart & Co. NV Klipsun Vineyard Cab Sauvignon Dessert Wine, Washington

On the nose, earthy aromas meet unsweetened cocoa, graham crackers and purple grapes. A perfect balance of sweetness on the palate as the bitter cocoa combines with richer milk chocolate, vanilla, expensive cocktail cherry and toasted nuts sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. $ 35; 33 cases

Remy wines 2011 Beneficio 10 years old in barrels of Barbera, Washington dessert wine

Soft and sweet scents of vanilla, cocoa and pipe tobacco blend with plum sauce, dried dates and dried figs. Sweet and earthy dried fruit continues on the palate with cinnamon, candied apple, cocoa, smoked chipotle and a refreshing orange juice finish. $ 35; 51 cases

Iris Vineyards 2018 Quinta Do Calice, Rogue Valley

An enveloping blend of warm aromas offers a generous pinch of cinnamon and cloves, plump plum compote, smoked chipotle pepper, a fresh green note of bell pepper and premium salted black licorice. The palate is slightly sweet, of an accessible richness and balanced with velvety tannins, flavors of orange studded with cloves, toasted anise, vanilla bean, leather, blackberry and citrus prune. $ 29.99; 120 cases (The blend contains 32% Syrah, 24% Touriga Nacional, 18% Tinta Roriz, 14% Cabernet Franc, 12% Tinta Cao)

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