Gruet New Mexico Blanc de Noirs Brut Sparkling Wine
Wine & Spirits
This affordable nonvintage sparkler has a lively mousse and a pale poached-salmon hue. Its ripe pear aromas suggest a rich wine, but that richness is enveloped by a firm, rosy phenolic grip.
Made in New Mexico from grapes grown at the estate as well as some from California, the Gruet Blanc de Noirs is a clean, well-balanced bottling with a gentle veneer of toast sitting atop its direct, lightly candied, loosely cherry-like fruit. It tends a bit more to coarseness than to polish in the latter going, and its eleventh-hour, Rosé-like astringency brings with it just enough bitterness to keep it out of starred ranks.
A zesty, crisp sparkler, with appealing apple and spiced nut flavors. Drink now. (TF,, Web-2016)
For Champagne lovers the name Gruet is likely familiar, but this domaine's outpost near Truth or Consequence, New Mexico, which was first planted back in 1984, still doesn't get the attention it deserves. This Brut sparkling is bottled fermented for a minimum of two years before release. Gruet is producing tasty, approachable and ultra-affordable sparkling wines perfect for parties or to start off the evening. As Connoisseurs Guide said in their 2015 review: "Wine from New Mexico? Yes, Virginia, and well worth a try."