2005 Domaine Carneros Brut

SKU #1044137

92 points Wine Spectator: "Beautifully focused and refined, with Gala apple and raspberry aromas and flavors that are crisp yet layered, with creamy lemon and lime notes and a finish that lingers with mineral and a hint of yeast. Drink now through 2012." (11/08) And, according to Wine Enthusiast: "...dry and crisp and elegantly constructed, with rich flavors of citrus fruits, yeasty baked dough and vanilla. Drink now." (07/09)

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 By: KLF |  Review Date: 5/18/2009 
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Not in love with this one -- I'm guessing it's targeted at the Napa Valley Tourist. Bubbles are rough and excessive out of the gate, and I think the WS 92 score is 5 points high. For $23, K&L has many other names (such as Jean Lois Denois, $15) that you should definitely try first.

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United States

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California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Carneros

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12