A cool vintage in Oregon set into motion this remarkable first effort with sparkling wine by Le Cadeau Vineyard, and the joint effort by consulting winemaker Steve Ryan and growers Deb and Tom Mortimer is offered as a Willamette Valley version of “grower’s style” bubbles. Pressed with minimal skin contact, the Pinot Noir was barrel-fermented with native yeast for 56 months. Ryan, who spearheads the Mortimers’ Côte Est tier, manages a list of fruity aromas, including dried pineapple, baked pear, apple and lemon cream to go with yeasty notes one expects. Mouth-filling mousse creates a creamy mouth feel with great depth of flavors of brioche, almond, lemon and lime. Kumquat acidity establishes the long and food-friendly finish for these bubbles found at the Le Cadeau tasting room in Dundee along Highway 99.
Production: 171 cases
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