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Keith Mabry

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Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Wne
Review Date: 1-28-2009
Domaine Chandon was the first French-owned sparkling wine venture in California. Established in 1973, they have led the way in production methods and farming practices. They were also the first domestic producer to introduce Pinot Meunier into their sparkling wine. The Domaine Chandon Blanc de Noir is a great reflection of their style, focusing on Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The grapes come primarily from their Carneros property, which has the cool climate to provide great structure and backbone to the wine. It has a delicate salmon color with flavors of strawberry and black cherry. It is a fruit-driven style with a creamy texture and finish.
Price: $14.99 Add To Cart WE 90 BC 0

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut
Review Date: 1-28-2009
This has a vibrant spiced pear and melon character. It sees little to no malolactic fermentation, giving it a racing stripe of acidity that keeps the wine focused. We also have this beauty, which was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine, in magnum .

Scharffenberger "Brut Excellence" Mendocino County Brut
Review Date: 1-28-2009
Not far from Roederer is a little homegrown brand: Scharffenberger. Established in 1981, the winery has gone through a couple of ownership changes (remember Pacific Echo? Me neither). Under the current ownership quality from this 120-acre property has shot to new heights. In contrast to the Roederer, the NV Scharffenberger Brut sees 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine is comprised of 2/3s Pinot Noir and 1/3 Chardonnay. There is a fruity richness with hints of plum, roasted apples and cinnamon.

Schramsberg "Mirabelle" North Coast Brut Rosť
Review Date: 11-19-2008
With a high Spectator score, this sparkling wine doesn't really need my help to sell it, but I did really enjoy the style. The wine possesses a strong watermelon and strawberry character with hints of cinnamon. Though not quite as detailed as some higher-end Rosé Champanges this would definitely hold its ground against many of the entry level cuvees for a lot less money!
Price: $19.99 Add To Cart RP 90 BC 0

Rihaku "Wandering Poet" Junmai Ginjo Sake 720ml
Review Date: 4-29-2008
An exceptional Sake with lots of complexity. The Wandering Poet has a wonderful melon and citrus quality with a hint of anise in the finish. It is one of the best balanced Sakes that we have.
Price: $31.99 Add To Cart BC 0

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