Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wine Tasting Notes: Gruet Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wine

Gruet   Blanc de Noirs   
  New Mexico     
 Grapes:  100% Pinot Noir

The Gruet family had been producing fine Champagne in Bethon, France since 1952, when they decided to buy some high elevation land in New Mexico, and try producing sparkling wines there. The result has been a huge success, resulting in some of America’s best quality sparklers in their price range. At 4300 ft, Gruet’s vineyards are some of the highest in the United States, with the cooler temperatures compensating a lot for the hot New Mexico climate. Since their first harvest in 1987, Gruet sparkling wines have grown in popularity, passing 100,000 cases in 2008. “Blanc de Noirs” refers to the making of a white sparkling wine from red grapes, in this case, Pinot Noir.
Marc's Tasting Notes:

Showing yellow-gold with a ring of fizz along the rim, and tiny bubbles rising from the bottom, the Gruet Blanc de Noirs shows enticing aromas of yellow apple, white peach, and hazelnut. On the palate, yellow peach is complemented by lemon acidity and a touch of green apple. The hint of tart raspberry is a clue to the 100% Pinot Noir in the bottle. This food friendly bubbly is a definite step up from many sparkling wines in this price range, and a testimony to the fine Champagne tradition that was transplanted to New Mexico by the Gruet family.
The Gruet Winery in New Mexico
 -- Marc Soucy, FWS CSW 

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