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NV Gorge Glowing Chardonnay: In search of a Pet-Nat Type Sparkler?

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I’m fascinated with this wine not solely as a result of Megan Hughes has properly crafted a “chardonnay within the uncooked” but additionally as a result of it provides us a glimpse into what glowing wines had been like centuries in the past. Then, grapes had been simply pressed, left to ferment, and bottled. Only a few steps. The result’s a splendidly bubbly wine…below a crown cap. The wine is delicate, lemony, and fairly yeasty.

Hughes, daughter of the Barnard Griffin founders, chooses an “encapsulated yeast” for this sparkler’s in-bottle, secondary fermentation, and it actually works. Strictly talking, winemakers again within the day didn’t have yeasts to select from; they merely waited for the pure yeasts on the grapes to start out the fermentation course of after urgent. Nonetheless, that is presumably the very best of each worlds: then and now.  13% alcohol

Pairing: Greatest served by itself, as an aperitif wine.

WHO: Barnard Griffin Winery

WHERE: Yakima Valley AVA, Washington State

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

HOW MUCH: round $40 (media pattern)

RATING: 91





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