Domaine Carneros Brut 2009
Vintage from Carneros, California
Aromas of baked apple, golden apple, lime zest, honeycomb and vanilla marry with brioche on a very round palate. This graceful wine features a remarkably well-integrated dosage and notes of toasty brioche often found in a fine aged cuvée. The hallmark of Domaine Carneros wines, a luxuriously long finish, rewards each sip. Exceptionally delicious now, this wine will continue to develop complexity for another decade with proper cellaring.
Savor this vintage Brut on its own, or enjoy its pairing versatility with oysters, fish and shellfish, poultry, most Asian cuisine and even rich cheeses.
Wine Spectator - "A gorgeous sparkler, showing effortless balance. The floral lemon and brioche aromas lead to elegant but complex flavors of creamy raspberry, vanilla and spicy almond."
Domaine Carneros Winery
A joint venture between Champagne Taittinger and Kobrand Corporation, partners who are perfectionists in their fields, Domaine Carneros has established itself since its inception in 1987 as one of California's finest producers of premium quality, methode traditionelle sparkling wines. The inspiration for Domaine Carneros belongs to Champagne Taittinger; the first glimmerings of the concept were shaped in the mind of Claude Taittinger in 1947. The 138 acre estate is situated in the Carneros appellation of Northern California, a 36,900 acre viticultural area which straddles the border between the Napa and Sonoma counties at their southern extremity. The estate's vineyards extend up a slope rising to a crest overlooking San Francisco and San Pablo Bay, with an elevation of 120 to 260 feet above sea level. View all Domaine Carneros Wines
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Technically a part of Napa Valley, the Carneros region straddles both Sonoma & Napa counties. It's the Napa region closest to the San Francisco peninsula and the San Pablo Bay, which is instrumental in controlling the climate of the area. The winds from the San Pablo bay create a cool weather pattern ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Notable FactsBoth Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from Carneros are delicate, yet complex, with firm structure and acidity. And while the pair are the most popular varieties of the region, some winemakers have branched out, particularly with Syrah. The cool climate Syrah of Carneros is well structured and stylistically similar to Syrah from the Northern Rhone, though often fuller-bodied.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 2 with reviewsWilfred Wong (of Wine.com) - San Francisco, CA46/3/2014A class act, the 2009 Domaine Carneros is fine and complex; bright apples, with just a trace of yeastiness marks its presence on the palate.mlundberg27 - Rancho Santa Fe, CA412/26/2013A slightly fruitier, up-front basic brut, very much in line with the PH profile. Big time value and a no-brainer in this price range. Should impress everyone based on taste.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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