A quick whiff of sulfur blows off, and then some inviting toasty scents, redolent of fresh bread dough, jump-start a sparkling wine that evokes real French bubbly. Kirsten shows good body and balance, with a delicately floral, peachy finish that hints at some sugar. Best Buy. —P.G.
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.