Cost: $24.95 (Clearance $17.30)
Grape Variety: Chardonnay
Category: Sparkling Wine
Location Bought: LCBO Vintage
Region: Tupungato, Mendoza
Format: 750 mL
Producer: Zuccardi Vineyards
Alcohol: 12.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Description: Straw in colour with fine mousse and medium+ intense nose.
Classic Blanc de Blanc Champagne style
Positives: A simply delightful sparkling (ok it’s really yummy) featuring toasted bread, baked apple, brioche, quince, pear, orange peel and a kiss of honey. Medium+ body with good acidity and a long, long, long length.
Interesting Note: 58 months on the yeast. This is what I describe as a 2-bottle wine, i.e. easy to drink 2 bottles in one sitting. I found this gem at the Crossroad LCBO (HWY 401 at Weston Rd). Luckily I bought all 3 bottles that they had. Buy it if you find it! I also really like the bottle shape and the classic label.
Drink now or over the next 5 years on its own or pair it with wild mushrooms, rosemary infused cream fresh mozzarella, arugula, and truffle oil shaved Parmesan pizza. If you go to Grand Cayman, visit The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Periwinkle Restaurant where you’ll find this gem of a pizza.
Tasted: 28 April 13
Top Pick and Best Buy
Score: 9.5/10, Value: 9.5+/10 (10/10 Clearance price) Total: 19+/20
Out of 5 stars, I rated this wine: 4.5+/5