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Bella Grand Cuvée Reserve
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Bella Grand Cuvée Reserve 2013

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaThe Grand Cuvée Reserve is a big bella, figuratively and literally. Made only in 2013 and 2014, this wine blended four different chardonnay vineyards Jay Drysdale was working with at the time (Cerqueira, Secrest, Kamloops, and Keremeos) and was only bottled in magnums. The blend spent 11 months in neutral oak before heading to bottle with champagne yeast EC1118 and some sugar to kickstart the second fermentation, before resting on lees for 46 months prior to disgorgement in November 2018, with a dosage of 2017 King Family Vineyards pét-nat. Oxidative notes throughout, with peach melba, toast, yellow and red apple, and a bitter sharp finish. You can feel the oak on the weightier palate. The 2014 (still unreleased) tweaked the vineyard blend for a more lively and vibrant result. Another serious wine for BC's leading sparkling wine house.Tasted: 23 October 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 110.00 1500 winery direct Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
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Varietal: ChardonnayUPC: 626990329961