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Domaine Carneros Brut Ultra 2011

Vintage Sparkling Wine from Carneros, California
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12.1% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

#28 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2016

The 2011 Ultra Brut, classically elegant, is crisp and round. Aromas of baked pear and a delicate blend of tropical fruit are accented by lemon curd and a note of toasted brioche. The dosage is very low, yet the palate impression is pleasingly creamy and full.

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Captivating aromas of Asian pear, mature apple and fresh ginger open to complex and polished flavors of brioche, spicy hazelnut and crème brulee. Drink now through 2018.
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Domaine Carneros

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Domaine Carneros, Carneros, California
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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.

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Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.

This cooler pocket of California lends itself to growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah. Carneros is an important source of sparkling wines made in the style of Champagne as well.

Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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