I used to not be a big fan of Sparkling Wines and Champagne but that is changing rapidly the more I try. The third collection I have had the pleasure of tasting is the Biltmore Estate Sparkling Collection. After trying out the Century Collection and Reserve Collection, I was really looking forward to something a bit different. This wine delivered in a good way.
The official name of this wine is Biltmore Estate Blanc de Blancs Methode Champenoise ~ Brut (I prefer to just call it Sparkling Chardonnay) !! It is a 2009 Vintage from the Russian River Valley in California. It has a low residual sugar of just 1.2% which makes it a perfect fit for me. I don’t love an overly sweet bubbly.
The smell is a wonderfully light apple and honey, so enticing.
The first sip gives me a slightly tart taste that transitions into a smooth refreshing finish. It really would pair nicely with a light seafood dinner or a cheese plate and crackers.
We actually ended up sipping this as an after dinner treat one evening by the fire and it was just lovely!
It sells around $25 a bottle and would be great for any special occasion.
Visit the Biltmore Website for more information on George Vanderbilt, the Estate and the Winery.