Cumulus Wines Rolling Sparkling Pinot Grigio Chardonnay 2012

For an entry level sparkling wine with the less common pinot gris in the blend (this blend is 50% chardonnay and 50% pinot gris), this wine presented rather well, I thought.  Pinot gris is of course permitted in the sparkling wines of Cremant d’Alsace, but is being phased out elsewhere such as in Franciacorta.

Lemon in colour, pale in intensity, bright in the glass, medium sized bubbles and short to medium persistence of bubbles visually open proceedings.  Muted aromatics of pear, apple, some attractive bready autolytic characters seasoned with a touch of lemon zest, affirm the winemaking decision to let this wine rest on its lees for six months.  The palate sees quite intense flavours of pear and granny smith apple, biting high acid, a creamy mousse and lemon tang.  Overall, I felt this wine presented in a very balanced manner, probably overachieves a bit for its price point, is well made and would be perfect with seafood.  Acceptable to Good

Abv: 13%
Price: $19
Source: sample
Vendors: Check
Tasted: 2013
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