This is an impressive domestic bubbly. Toast, brioche and honey on the nose transition seamlessly to the palate. I detect a slight oxidative note on the mid palate, which I assume was by design. Personally, I don’t need that but still enjoyable for my daughter’s 35th 😍 — a month ago
Some recent Friday bottles...
Talk about unique. This is from the same winemaker of Ultramarine, but is sourced entirely from Alder Springs vineyard. A lot of fruit up front...seemed slightly carbonic. Very gummy with lots of red fruits and apple-juice driven sweetness. Entry is more floral and white peach like before it takes a decidedly biscuity/almond wafer type finish. Definitely some sweetness to this compared to Ultramarine’s near zero dosage type profile. Very fun to try. Thanks @Weston Eidson . — 3 years ago
One of three bottles of bubbly (2014 Ultramarine BdN and 2010 Larmandier-Bernier VV du Levant) opened when a good friend, @Shawn R , was in town. EO is one of my favorite champagne producers, but this was actually my first experience with the rosé.
5yrs on the lees, disgorged mid 2019. Slightly orange pink in the glass. Initially, it was very razor sharp and intense. Jasmine, orange zest, and dried apricots on the nose. On the palate, the intensity picked up with a strong backbone of limestone, chalk, tangerine and some honeysuckle. When this paired with food, it showed its true colors with a touch more body and richness. Even more impressive was how much better this was on day two...likely a champagne that could benefit from a decant at this age. Much more creamy and showing more red Berry fruit like raspberries, rhubarb and also a little floral. Yeast driven notes didn’t appear until day two. Complex, intense and lots of potential. — 2 years ago
The best thing I’ve tried from Cruse. Big boy pet nat. Sophisticated, serious, and not so different from something method traditional. Tight mousse and bone dry in a hazy white strawberry robe. Big red fruits, Dole strawberry, bing cherry, and candy watermelon slushee.
Now who can find a way for me to try some Ultramarine? — 3 years ago
A few of us stopped by the wine storage facility today to “celebrate” the 4th in style...wine style. American zins and American Sparklers. Happy 4th 🇺🇸
Wow! Happily pleased and fairly surprised by this. This was my contribution. Had an ‘06 last year which was tasting really great but this ‘07 was a level above. Next to Ultramarine and the Reserve Schramsberg Sparklers, this is one of the best domestic Sparklers I’ve had, especially at the price ($50). Nose was grilled honeycomb, baked yeast and a small bit of limestone. Extremely creamy on the front palate...bubbles were so incredibly tiny. Multiple bubble strings. Wonderful lemon bread palate, with a crisp, chalky finish highlighted by grilled pineapple. This is an excellent US version of champagne. — 4 years ago
Very enjoyable but not as exciting perhaps as Ultramarine. I would 100% buy and enjoy this but I - as Michael Cruse himself explained - this one is more representative of CA as a whole whereas Ultramarine has a bit more of a sense of place. Just found it a bit less noteworthy but still very good. — 2 years ago
My second vineyard of Cruse sparkling Valdiguie and it’s good but it’s definitely the less interesting of the two. Where Deming was a pretty hazy white strawberry, Rancho Chimiles is more upfront - visuals and flavors of bright Jolly Rancher watermelon and pink strawberry starburst. A little overpriced at $35.
Still searching for Ultramarine in Texas - help? — 3 years ago
Deep, crisp, fresh mineral with a round brioche toastiness — 4 years ago