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Blue Mountain Gold Label Bruttext
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Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut NV

Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaBlue Mountain is in a class of its own with this latest bottling of the Gold Label Brut, based on the 2017 vintage and disgorged in August 2020. Few, if any, sparkling wines can compete at this price, and with this level of seriousness. For those who have been following this wine over the years (the first review in GOW's database dates to 2003), the blend is familiar: pinot noir (57%) and chardonnay (39%), with a dollop of pinot gris (4%). A portion is fermented in puncheons, and the blend also includes reserve wine that was aged in a 2000L oak cask. It then ages on its lees for 24 months, before resting in bottle post-disgorgement for six to nine months prior to release. It's remarkably complex, with toasted brioche, hazelnut, golden pear, lemon, red apple, red berries, and spice. The balance is exceptional: rich and creamy, with real tension thanks to bright acidity and an integrated 8 g/L dosage, leading to a dry, chalky finish. Put the Champagne down. This should be your go-to sparkling wine for any occasion if it isn't already. Highly recommended.Tasted: 28 July 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 27.90 winery direct, private wine shops AB 29.85 J Webb Wine Merchants ON 34.95 LCBO - Vintages QC 34.95 SAQ Producer: Blue Mountain Vineyard & CellarsDistributors: Keystone Fine Wines
Rogers & Company
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot GrisCSPC: 471672UPC: 626452601161