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WineSmith

WineSmith
2017 Bates Ranch Brut Zero Blanc de Noirs Sparkling, Grenache, Santa Cruz Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$60

WineSmith
2017 Bates Ranch Brut Zero Blanc de Noirs Sparkling, Grenache, Santa Cruz Mountains

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12.5%
Golden amber color. Aromas of baked peach and honey butter toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a medium-length underripe plum, pastry crust, sea salt, and lime zest finish with firm tannins and light oak flavor. A somewhat esoteric, mineral-driven sparkler that could be dreamy with the right dish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: baked peach and honey butter toast
Taste Flavor: underripe plum, pastry crust, sea salt, and lime zest
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Oven Fried Chicken, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A somewhat esoteric, mineral-driven sparkler that could be dreamy with the right dish.

The Producer

WineSmith Wines

The Producer
441 Beaver St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
USA
1 707-237-7000

Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.