1992 En Tirage Extra Brut Russian River Valley Sparkling Wine

SKU #1062815 91 points 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.  (10/2011)

91 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (10/2010)

K&L Notes

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."

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2010 | Send Email
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This is one of the BEST domestic sparkling wines that I have tasted in years! This "extra brut" (only 5 grams of sugar!) is pinot meunier much in the stlye of the "new wave" meunier producers in France. Lush creamy fruit, hints of mushrooms and spice, plus refreshing acidity and a very long finish make for a memorable bubbly worth every penny. Seventeen years in the cellar and it's just coming into its own!

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Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gew├╝rztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.