An Outstanding case for Christmas

By on December 8, 2013

Michelle NV Brut Rosé, Columbia Valley, $14

michelle-brut-rose-bottleBest Buy! Here’s a fun bit of trivia: Who bottles the most Pinot Noir in Washington state? It’s Michelle winemaker Rick Casqueiro with this delectable sparkling presentation of Pinot Noir (93%) and Pinot Meunier. Prepare for its pleasing mousse and nose-tickling aromas of strawberry freezer jam, Rainier cherry, cranberry, rhubarb pie and apricot. There’s also a touch of yeastiness, which comes from the 18 months of surlie aging. On the attack, it’s akin to fresh strawberry compote on breakfast toast, followed by a stream of raspberry flavor which provides extension.  There’s plenty of acidity to balance the residual sugar of 1% because while the red fruit flavors are ripe, they are far from sweet. The party in the mouth may just make you say “Wow!”

Rating: Outstanding!

Production: 15,000 cases

Alcohol: 11.5%

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About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is the editor and publisher of Great Northwest Wine. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is a frequent judge at international wine competitions. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books. He writes about wine for The Seattle Times. You can find him on Twitter and .

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