2007 Blanc de Noir
California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley
For the first time in our six year history, one of our never-before-featured wines has won a coveted Wine Spies Wine Intrigue Award! Today’s spectacular 2007 VML Winery Blanc de Noir was so impressive that, on tasting it, we declared it to be the finest sparkling wine that we had tasted all year - and we immediately issued the award.
Today’s wine is in limited supply, so please be sure to act quickly. Agent Red was able to sweet talk the winery out of every case that they had on hand, but this wine will still sell out.
Today’s bubbly masterpiece has a lively, energetic mouth feel - with an elegant finish and an intriguing flavor profile. Flavors are light, but not restrained or even subtle. Instead, the wine presents its unique flavors in layers that evolve as you sip.
On the nose, the wine shows off lovely fruit, with unique, soft aromas of tea and subtle spice. Overall, there is a complexity and elegance to this wine that captivated us - from start to long finish.
2007 was a remarkable vintage for Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley, with Robert Parker giving the entire 2007 vintage a decade-high 96 points for California reds. In the hand of winemaker, Ginny Lambrix, it is no wonder that today’s wine - made from red Pinot Noir grapes - is so exceptional.
Happy New Year, dear Operative!
An energetic cascade of fine bubbles spiral to the top of the glass through light golden wine. There, a fine layer of pure-white mousse covers the wine.
Sweet and fresh on first sniff, the wine shows off lovely aromas of fresh white peach, white acacia flower, wild strawberry and dried apricot. As the wine warms, even slightly, it reveals subtle aromas of citrus peel, white cherry, white tea and a hint of nutty vanilla.
Flavors of skinless red apple, citrus zest, white cherry, wild strawberry and acacia flower take the lead on the palate. As the wine warm, just slightly, it opens to reveal apricot, white peach and pear, with an intriguing hint of white chocolate.
Very long and very flavorful, with citrus giving way to white flowers and hints of white minerals. The creamy finish persists, long after the bubbles have subsided.