Southern Sparkler

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample.

I’ve previously written about this same wine, during the holiday season of 2009. I enjoyed it then, and am always willing to give it another shot. The Biltmore Estates Blanc de Blancs Brut is a non-vintage wine, though this particular release has a lower alcohol content than the one I tasted previously. As you will see, my notes for this bottle track very closely to the previous bottle I tasted, which is certainly the typical hallmark of a NV wine. The wine had a traditional Champagne closure, clocked in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for $25. Oh yes, the wine hails from North Carolina!

On the nose I got lemon, yeast, wax, citrus, pineapple, and tropical notes. In the mouth I found lemon, pineapple, tropical notes, white peach, and yeast, however, the character of the mouth predominately displayed citrus over other flavors. The wine had great acidity and perfect little bubbles. Again, I’m impressed with this sparkler from the South.