Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine from Columbia Valley, Washington
Not too dry or sweet, Michelle Brut is a palate-pleasing sparkling wine that delivers aromas and flavors of apples and citrus with a light, toasty finish.
Blend: 63% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Noir, 18% Pinot Gris
Wine Spectator - "Fresh and inviting, lithe and reticent, with pretty pear and spice flavors that finish with finesse."
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com - "One of the industry's strongest performers in sparkling wines, the Domaine Ste. Michelle Cuvee Brut shows fine balance and style; plenty of fruit to keep the palate happy and a keen crispness to enhance food pairing with shellfish, simple poultry or even a spin on the deck on a nice moonlit night."
Michelle, by Domaine Ste. Michelle is the largest producer of sparkling wines in Washington state. The winery has crafted highly acclaimed wines for over 35 years since the wines were introduced in 1978. Michelle wines are crafted using the traditional Methode Champenoise technique. The winery offers a Brut, Brut Rose and Extra Dry sparkling wine. View all Michelle Wines
About Columbia Valley
Columbia Valley is the largest of Washington State's wine growing regions, with almost 11 million acres. It encompasses a number of smaller regions, including Yakima Valley, Walla Walla Valley, Red Mountain and more. The vast area consists of a range of climates, allowing viticulturists to plant a diverse selection of grape varieties. Most wineries plant rows sparsely, which helps the vines survive the harsh winters.
Notable FactsMerlot is the most popular and most planted grape of the area, followed by Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. Syrah and Riesling are also popular and continue to grow in acreage.
About WashingtonRelated Links:Now the number two producer in the United States, Washington State has also grown in quality.
So how does a state known for rain and coffee produce high quality wines? They plant their grapes on the east side of the Cascade mountains, away from that ever-present rain cloud that sits along the coast. Perhaps wine grapes do well since the sandy loam soils east of the Cascade range give way to an almost desert-like land, saved from drought only by the helpful rivers that run through the area – and the good irrigation systems.
Thinking that the state would do best with typical northern growing grapes like Riesling and Gewurtztraminer, turns out the apple state is well-suited for reds, namely Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and, more recently, Syrah. Of course, whites have not been forgotten - Washington State Rieslings range from bone-dry to sweet, are well-structured and high quality, and Chardonnay dominates most of the other white plantings, making a range of wines. But the reds of the region, Merlot in particular, have made Washington State a quality force to be reckoned with.
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11 ratings, 7 with firstname.lastname@example.org - Dayton, NV53/19/2013Surprisingly delicious with small constant bubbles. Flavors like apple and peaches make it clean and crisp.Kkizart89 - San Pablo, CA512/4/2012This is a very good wine and i loved it! It looks like a white wine but the bubbly surprised me, making it taste delicious. I recommend this sparkling brut for any occasion.Deb Parr - Friendship, WI38/15/2014Lacking the mouth feel. Lovely bubbles in the glass, but absent on the tongue. Pleasing flavor if not overly chilled and nice bouquet but I want the sensation of the bubbles to be there as well.jimv32 - Lady Lake, FL410/3/2013PeterM - State College, PA42/14/2013Sometimes brut doesn't mean what you think it means, but in this case it definitely does. Very dry and a ridiculously good value. This bubbly is a nice change of pace from the fruity stuff, and it adds nicely to festive events.42/10/201332/10/2013Certainly a good value & ok for a party. Lighter, thinner, slightly sweeter taste than we prefer. LC412/4/2012This wine is good its has a great taste but not so sweet or bitter...the wine is bubbly but smoothsuperwoman - Oakland, CA312/4/2012I thought it had a almond flair to it it was light and had good texture. The price point is affordable. I like!!!Betty Boo - San Francisco, CA312/4/2012Sputerbug - Nacogdoches, TX311/3/2012
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
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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