Kramer Vineyards 2011 Brut, Yamhill-Carlton, $26

By on June 11, 2014

kramer-vineyards-nv-brut-bottleThe Kramers established their Gaston, Ore., vineyard 30 years ago by planting Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling. They continue to expand their sparkling wine production with varieties such as Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Gris, and they focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for this traditional brut style. There’s subtle toast in the nose and slices of Granny Smith apple, fresh pear, lime peel and elderflower blossoms. Pleasing bubbles produces clean and lively hints of fresh lime juice and Asian pear. The dosage of 0.3% residual sugar keeps the focus on the acidity and allows for notes of minerality. That dry angle also makes for seemingly endless food pairings, and the Kramers suggest serving it with lobster, oysters, salmon, sushi, caviar, quiche, fried foods and popcorn. Their wines are available at their winery as well as their tasting room in downtown Carlton.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 169 cases

Alcohol: 12.5%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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