Oregon’s most important sparkling wine house has released two vintage bubble projects from its Artisan Series as part of the historically cool 2011 growing season. That year, the Dundee winery held off on picking Chardonnay from both Stoller Vineyard (67%) and Knudsen Vineyard until the last week of October. Its extended barrel aging creates a fanciful nose that brings hints of Big Hunk candy bar, Gala apple, apricot, dried strawberry, butterscotch and candied ginger. Inside, it immediately displays the bone-dry dosage by carrying brisk flavors of fresh-cut lemon and baked Asian pear. The rich mousse offers solid roundness as the finish of minerality and persistent acidity also hints of salinity. Enjoy with oysters, shellfish or smoked turkey.
Production: 425 cases
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