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Champagne for the New Year (Sparkling wine for Sylvester) Take II

A follow up to the below post. If you still can’t decide what sparkling wine to open tonight, here’s two tasting notes on the bubby from Daniel Rogov’s column in Ha’aretz:

 Pelter, Blanc de Blanc Brut, n.v.: Although categorized as non-vintage, this wine was made with Chardonnay grapes entirely from the 2003 vintage. Gentle yeast and hints of nicely toasted white bread with sharp bubbles that go on and on. Fresh, aromatic, well-focused and intense, with grapefruit and lime fruits backed up by hints of cloves, ginger and roasted nuts. Drink now-2010. NIS 175. Score 90.

 Golan Heights Winery, Blanc de Blancs, Yarden, 2001: Delicious and luxurious – perhaps the best Blanc de Blancs to date from the winery. Made entirely from Chardonnay grapes by the traditional methode Champenoise, this medium-bodied sparkling wine shows just the right balance between yeasty sourdough bread, peaches, citrus and minerals. With a generous mousse and sharp, well-focused bubbles that go on and on, this crisp and sophisticated wine goes on to a long and mouth-filling finish. Drink now-2011. NIS 120. Score 92. K

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