Bella Wines 2013 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc Oliver West, Okanagan Valley, $24

By on February 28, 2015

bella-wines-sparkling-chardonnay-okanagan-valley-nv-bottleBritish Columbia winemaker Jay Drysdale has a laser-focus on Chardonnay for his sparkling wine program, and this is one of his four vineyard-designates. Two of them hail from Oliver, the wine capital of Canada, and this is from Secrest Mountain Vineyard near the iconic McIntyre Bluff. The harvest on Sept. 1 came at 19.5 Brix at a crop load of 4.1 tons per acre, leading to complex aromas of fresh-baked brioches and toffee backed by dusty white peach, pear blossom, apricot and dried ginger. There’s richness right up front with caramel, but that’s quickly overtaken by mouthwatering flavors of Granny Smith apple, Asian pear and Meyer lemon, making for a structure that’s delicious and beautifully balanced. A sense of minerality and more ginger in the finish — along with all that acidity — screams for a bowl of steamed mussels. And don’t forget the bread for the broth.

Rating: Excellent

Production: 167 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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