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94 • Domaine Carneros 2003 Le Rêve, Carneros $85. Certified Organic
Brilliant golden yellow color with a lively mousse. Rich aromas of lemon curd, peach cobbler and yeasty brioche follow through on a round, vibrant entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium-full body with superb depth and bright, balanced acidity. Finishes with a long, lustrous fade with a touch of minerality. A finesseful domestic sparkler that rivals some of the best Blanc-de-Blanc Champagnes. (tasted on Jun-18-2009)
87 • Gruet 2004 Blanc de Blancs, New Mexico $24.99.
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach custard and candied lemon peel follow through on bold, bubbly entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with peach pie, cucumber, and talc notes. Finishes with a crisp, palate stimulating fade. A rock solid choice for spicy Asian cuisine. (tasted on Jun-18-2009)
86 • Biltmore Estate NV Blanc de Blancs, American $24.99.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of apricot butter and Key lime custard follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body notes of pewter and toasted nuts. Finishes with a tangy baked apricot and dusty lime peel fade. (tasted on Jun-18-2009)
84 • Biltmore Estate 2006 Château Reserve Blanc de Blancs, North Carolina $35.|Find-a-Wine|
Pale silvery yellow color. Mild aromas of baked lemon and apricot and pepper follow through on a racy entry to a tangy, tart medium body with dried lavender and chalk notes. Finishes with firm acidity, peach pit and nut accents. (tasted on Jun-18-2009)