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Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Ariel Premier Cuvée
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Summerhill Pyramid Winery Cipes Ariel Premier Cuvée 1998

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaCertainly the most distinctive packaging for a sparkling wine in BC, from the most unique winery and probably the most memorable wine story as well. A misplaced lot in the cellars was rediscovered a couple of years ago, resulting in the release of this ultra-premium (for BC) cuvée. This estate grown blend of pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot meunier was disgorged after 13 years sur lie. Soy and vegemite at first whiff, chased by pear, apple blossom and brioche. The bubbles are super fine and subtle in the glass, the result of the lengthy aging. Regardless, the rich brioche, lemon custard, stone, pear butter, dried apple and nut shell character is potent, alluring and lengthy. A lovely vein of acidity flows to the nutty finish of this powerful sparklerTasted: 24 December 2014Tasted by: Prices: BC 85.00 winery direct Producer: Summerhill Pyramid WineryDistributors: AmoVino Distributors Ltd
Blend: Pinot Noir - Chardonnay - Pinot MeunierCSPC: 485771UPC: 779000138999