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Sparkling Wine Review: Domaine Ste. Michelle

Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs (NV)

Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine bottleNew Year’s is coming … which means it’s time to start reviewing some celebratory sparklers.

First up is an American-made bubbly that is easy on the wallet and has universal appeal: Domaine Ste. Michelle Blanc de Noirs non-vintage, which retails for about ten bucks or less.

Color is a pale orange — more like cooked salmon than pink. Soft, fruity nose of citrus and a hint of raspberry. Pretty good mousse, with persistent medium-sized bubbles. In the mouth it is mostly dry, with maybe a touch of sweetness that is due more to a fun and fruity ripeness than dosage. Finishes completely dry, with a good dose of acidity, which helps with structure and food matching.

This runs about $9-12 for a bottle, and at that price it is a steal. Domaine Ste. Michelle is under the Chateau Ste. Michelle umbrella, which is one of the most respected wineries in Oregon Washington (state of).

a-7 t-7 b-7 fc-8 v-10 ~ 89 Points

Domaine Ste. Michelle website

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  1. Chateau Ste Michelle and Domaine Ste Michelle are WASHINGTON wineries, not Oregon! Chateau Ste Michelle was the first major player in Washington winemaking in the 1970s and is now the largest Washington winery.

  2. a-HA! So someone IS paying attention !!! LOL!

    Thanks for pointing out the obvious. My editor is FIRED!

    Hope you have a wonderful 2010, and thanks again for the correction!

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