This sparkler is 100% Chardonnay and is clearly the star of the Domaine Ste. Michelle lineup. Generously toasty, with the sort of finesse found in Champagne. The fruit is not as ostentatious as in most California bubblies, which gives it a more European mouthfeel.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.