Seven years on lees, the winery's top cuveé, in this case vintage designated, offers substantial aromas of pear, almond and hazelnut, with an intensity of acidity and silky texture to round it out. From 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, this stunner provides an excellent chance to taste an older sparkler from Napa and Sonoma grapes.
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Reviews wines from California.
Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.