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Domaine Carneros Champagne Blend Carneros Brut 2003

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The 2003 growing season produced an unusually small crop resulting in extraordinary flavor intensity. Carneros fog allowed the fruit to ripen slowly over the summer further enhancing fruit flavor development and maintaining ideal acidity levels. The 2003 cuvée is composed of 68% pinot noir, 31% chardonnay and 1% pinot blanc. The Brut was aged for three years before release. If you are tempted to see what a great sparkling wine will do with more age this is one to lay down. The cuvée intertwines lovely floral aromas of honeysuckle and freesia accented with fruit impressions of melon and peaches. Notes of brioche, caramel and baking spice add to the complexity. The wine finishes with the signature creamy flavors for which Domaine Carneros is famous. Our Winemaker believes this to be one of the best oyster wines in the world although the wine is extraordinarily versatile. Complementing a wide variety of seafood, poultry and duck it also pairs surprisingly well with filet mignon, steak tartare and Asian dishes. Vintage Notes: 100% Carneros 100% 2003 Vintage Blend: 68% Pinot Noir 31% Chardonnay 1% Pinot Blanc Sugar (Dosage): 1.2% Final pH: 3.00 TA: 0.82g/l Alcohol: 12.0%

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Domaine Carneros:
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last se... Read more
Domaine Carneros in the heart of Carneros, is the California expression of the tradition and excellence of its founder, Champagne Taittinger. Established in 1987, Domaine Carneros is considered a regional landmark. Exquisite views of endless vineyard-covered hills are the perfect setting to savor our wines. The main château and terrace are open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily. The last service of the day is at 5:45 p.m. We are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Please see our Visit Us section for information on daily tours. Read less
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Member Reviews for Domaine Carneros Champagne Blend Carneros Brut

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Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.50 5
03/24/2008

Had this yesterday for Easter Lunch. It was very refreshing and had great crisp initial taste. Great everyday sparkling wine which proves that sparkling wine doesn't have to be just for special occasions.


Snooth User: drdebs
6497900
4.00 5
07/07/2007

Nice vintage sparkler, with toasted and biscuity aromas, accompanied by minerals. Then a palate of citrus, biscuit, stone. Very nice for the price.


Snooth User: rgoode
4160931
3.50 5
01/21/2008

We stopped here on a tour of Napa (it was our first stop out of SFO) and it was a really nice place to visit, comfortable tasing room and good service. The champagne was a solid 'good' and the less expensive offerings are very good. I would compare with Veuve Cliquot for drinkability and crispness. Very nice effort.


Snooth User: thcrawford
8488168
4.00 5
08/26/2008

Four glasses


External Reviews for Domaine Carneros Champagne Blend Carneros Brut

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Source: Fame Wine and Tobacco
04/30/2010

Domaine Carneros Brut 2003 and all other sparkling wine from Domaine Carneros Brut available for immidieate dilivery at discounted prices from CheaperCigars.com. We also carry wide variety of wine from USA and all other parts of world.


External Review
06/24/2007

Produced by Taittinger, this is an excellent value in California sparkling wine. It has an impressive complexity with aromas of yeast, apples, vanilla and spice, and a smooth finish.



The 2003 growing season produced an unusually small crop resulting in extraordinary flavor intensity. Carneros fog allowed the fruit to ripen slowly over the summer further enhancing fruit flavor development and maintaining ideal acidity levels. The 2003 cuvée is composed of 68% pinot noir, 31% chardonnay and 1% pinot blanc. The Brut was aged for three years before release. If you are tempted to see what a great sparkling wine will do with more age this is one to lay down. The cuvée intertwines lovely floral aromas of honeysuckle and freesia accented with fruit impressions of melon and peaches. Notes of brioche, caramel and baking spice add to the complexity. The wine finishes with the signature creamy flavors for which Domaine Carneros is famous. Our Winemaker believes this to be one of the best oyster wines in the world although the wine is extraordinarily versatile. Complementing a wide variety of seafood, poultry and duck it also pairs surprisingly well with filet mignon, steak tartare and Asian dishes. Vintage Notes: 100% Carneros 100% 2003 Vintage Blend: 68% Pinot Noir 31% Chardonnay 1% Pinot Blanc Sugar (Dosage): 1.2% Final pH: 3.00 TA: 0.82g/l Alcohol: 12.0%

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