Gruet Blanc de Noirs Brut Amercan Sparkling Wine, Albuquerque, New Mexico

75% Pinot Noir, 25% Chardonnay – Methode Champenoise sparkling wine from vineyards at an elevation of 4300 feet in southern New Mexico. The wine is blended for its secondary fermentation approximately 6 months after harvest, and is then aged en tirage for a minimum of 24 months before being riddled and disgorged. Pale salmon in color, this full-bodied wine has a fine mousse and a creamy, rich texture. Complex aromas and flavors of raspberry, baked pear and cherry are complemented by a hint of toasted vanilla. The balance of fruit, minerals and crisp acidity lead to a round mouthfeel and lasting finish.