American Sparkling vs. French Sparkling

American Sparkling vs. French Sparkling
Farpointe Cellar
Tasted Saturday, October 22, 2011

FLIGHT 1

NV Vranken Champagne Demoiselle Rosé Grand Cuvée Brut – France, Champagne Yeast and apple on the nose, with strawberry and stone, and some flowers at the end. Strawberry and minerals on the palate, with bread and minerals in the middle, and a nice floral finish. (90 Points)

NV Delamotte Champagne Brut – France, Champagne, Côte des Blancs, Champagne Citrus and yeast on the nose, with lemon zest and floral notes, and apple at the end. Lemon and apple on the palate, with a yeast back note, and a a good floral finish. (89 Points)

NV Gosset Champagne Brut Excellence – France, Champagne Lots of fruit and yeast on the nose, with hints of stone and flowers. Very fruity on the palate, with minerals and floral notes underneath, and a good pastry finish. (89 Points)

2007 Schramsberg Vineyards Blanc de Blancs – USA, California Lemon, flowers, and yeast on the nose, along with some apple and stone. Slightly sweet, with loads of fruit on the palate, plus some lemon in the middle, and bread finish. (88 Points)

2007 Argyle Brut – USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley Apple, peach, pear, and minerals on the nose, with some rose petals at the end. Bready and floral on the palate, with apple and peach, and a stone and pear finish. (87 Points)

FLIGHT 2

2003 Schramsberg Vineyards J Schram – USA, California, Napa Valley Roasted almonds and apple on the nose, with cooked pears and spice in the middle, and some flowers at the end. Rich and toasty on the palate, with good apple and spice on the mid-palate, and a nice floral finish. (93 Points)

2004 Louis Roederer Champagne Blanc de Blancs – France, Champagne Pastry and pear on the nose, along with ginger and minerals, and a good floral finish. Lots of yeast and ginger on the palate, with nice pear and stone flavors in the middle, and some flowers on the finish. (92 Points)

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