Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs Carneros Sparkling Wine

SKU #480020 90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Small in production and clearly defined from Carneros, this Blanc de Noirs blends 92% Pinot Noir with 8% Chardonnay to great effect. Pretty in peach color, the intense flavors are a combination of fresh-cut herb and strawberry kirsch.  (12/2014)

Connoisseurs Guide

 *Good Value* On the one hand bright and fruity and on the other showing a bit of yeasty richness even as it flirts ever so slightly with candied cuteness, this effervescent offering is lifted by its youth and finds a very comfortable place in the mainstream of affable, easy-to-drink California Blanc de Noirs that are ready to enjoy without undue delay. It is not so soft that it will not work with meals, but is a thoroughly tasty and very likeable quaff on its own.  (11/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The salmon-colored, fruity non-vintage Blanc de Noirs reveals hints of wild cherries and strawberries in its soft, round, off-dry style. Most consumers will think of it as a dry sparkling wine. Attractive in an easygoing, aperitif style, it should be drunk over the next 1-3 years. (RP)  (12/2014)

Wine & Spirits

 A posh sparkling wine made from pinot noir, this carries fresh scents of red raspberry and rose petals in a round, creamy texture that’s supported by ample acidity. Perfect for a salmon fillet.  (12/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Soft and supple, with appealing notes of lemon tart, cinnamon spice and ginger. Drink now.  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

This is a delicious locally produced Blanc de Noirs and a fantastic value. It's very elegant and balanced with toasty flavors and strawberry fruit. The legendary Spanish sparkling wine producer, Freixenet, established Gloria Ferrer in the Carneros region of California. Besides being one of the most fun places to go in the wine country, Gloria Ferrer is also one of the top value producers when it comes to California sparkling wine.

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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- Just across the Golden Gate from San Francisco, Carneros is kept cool by Bay breezes and thick fog, and has long been famous for cool-climate pinot noir, chardonnay and sparkling wine based on the two varietals. Warmer pockets have proved interesting and promising homes for syrah, cabernet and merlot.