1992 En Tirage Extra Brut Russian River Valley Sparkling Wine
Allen Meadows - Burghound
A highly complex and distinctly yeasty and toasty nose is trimmed in slightly honeyed notes that complement well the equally complex, mellow and round flavors that culminate in a long, delicious and satisfying finish. This is a lovely and very impressive effort and while it is obviously not Champagne, in a blind tasting it would take careful taster to identify this as something other than Champagne. Worth considering.
The fruit on this 18-year-old brut is largely gone, and what remains behind are complex tiers of toast, brioche, lees, roasted hazelnuts and vanilla. A fascinating sparkler, totally dry and very crisp in acidity. Delightful to drink, and should continue to evolve in the bottle for years.
Winemaker's notes: "The 1992 En Tirage Extra Brut sparkling wine is truly unique for having just recently been disgorged after 17 years of aging in the cellar. Remaining all this time in contact with the yeast has preserved its fresh, lively, fruity character. In addition, the extended aging in the bottle has given it a lush, creamy flavor and an amazingly long finish. Only this combination of recent disgorgement and prolonged bottle aging can offer you such a miraculous balance between the effervescence of youth and the subtle nuances of maturity. 5g/l of dosage, earning it the Extra Brut classification."