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Gloria Ferrer Champagne Blend Carneros Royal Cuvée Brut 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

- The cuvee was made exclusively with free-run juice - Grapes were whole-cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds - Base wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60F to preserve delicacy - Sixteen base wines were carefully blended to create the final cuvee - The wine was aged for more than five years on the yeast

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Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards:
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedic... Read more
As the first sparkling wine house in California’s renowned Carneros region, Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was established in 1986. Gloria Ferrer embodies Spanish winegrowing history, time-honored tradition, and centuries-old sustainable practices in creating exceptional sparkling and estate varietal wines blended to pair perfectly with food. With most of our 335-acre estate dedicated to Pinot Noir, we are steadfast in our belief that this enigmatic variety brings a timeless grace to our sparkling and estate varietal wines. The Ferrer family’s culture of generosity is expressed in their commitment to high-quality, affordable wines for everyone to enjoy. Celebrate Spain in Sonoma overlooking our Carneros estate vineyards. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is the gateway to Sonoma Wine Country, located 40 miles north of San Francisco at the southern tip of the county. While our wines are pure California, our culture is a charismatic blend of vibrant Spanish tradition and casual Sonoma County elegance — providing the ideal entry point for a California wine country experience with a global twist. Guests are encouraged to savor the breathtaking views of Carneros vineyards from our Vista Terrace, while sipping a glass of Gloria Ferrer sparkling or estate varietal wine. Our Sonoma Visitor Center is open every day from 10am - 5pm, with wine service available until 4:45 p.m. Guided winery tours are offered daily at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Cost is $10 per person and includes 2 sparkling wine tastes. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Champagne Blend Carneros Royal Cuvée Brut

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
3.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/23/2013

Tart on the nose with a little quinine and quince over yeasty, Brie like, creamy, sweet pear fruit Soft and tart on entry with plenty of yeast wrapped apple, melon and mineral flavors. This has a gentle buttery sweetness to it but is a bit lean, fresh and simple, and a bit short. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 2008 12/23/2013

Earthy on the nose which gains hints of pressed flowers, dried citrus peel, hint of sweetness, a little Chinese five spice spiciness, and a touch of carob with air. A bit of a coarser mousse typical of roses with a fine bright palate full of earthy dry pear fruit, a hint of meatiness, and then lovely spice on the backend. This is moderately rich and textured in the mouth with fine persistence to the dried strawberry and cranberry flavors with a touch of dried orange peel on the finale. Compklex, rich and a bit powerful. 91pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.50 5
Vintage: 2001 12/23/2013

Lovely nose, complex and floral with sweet pear fruit turning spicy with a hint of white pepper over candied almond dried apple peel,and candle wax nuance. Lightly creamy on entry though with big flavors in the mouth. The mousse is a little aggressive but this has some fabulous layered flavors of lime, lemon curd, deep slightly mushroomy notes, cashew, brazil nut and light vanilla accents. It’s really quite complex and long, rich with umami, and rather elegant finishing with a nice edge of nougat. I love the savory flavors here. 93pts


Member Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Champagne Blend Carneros Royal Cuvée Brut

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Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.60 5
Vintage: 2008 12/23/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.40 5
Vintage: 2008 12/23/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
4.50 5
06/30/2012

Great richness and a nice nutty complexity. Delicious sparkler! 94 pts. -Wine Spectator Grand Tour 5/5/12


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
4.70 5
Vintage: 2001 12/23/2013

Four and a half glasses


Snooth User: Barcelonaguy
869311206
3.00 5
Vintage: 2001 06/26/2011

nice bubbles, toasty, decent finish...for 15 dollars it is good...


Snooth User: gdubs
11410825
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 01/01/2009

Superb sparkling wine for the price. The wine is a mix of two thirds Pinot Noir and one third Chardonnay. It starts off with a very bright and fresh nose which translates into the taste. A real mouthful up front that develops into a complex apple flavor with some citrus and spice. Long finish that is not extremely dry. Very drinkable sparkling that should suit a wide range of palettes.


Snooth User: John Andrews
361063,418
3.00 5
Vintage: 2000 08/04/2008

This was my second favourite offering from Gloria Ferrer. The Pinot in this wine gave it better overall feel. It had a better finish than the Blanc de Blanc but I found the flavors a bit more muted.


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External Reviews for Gloria Ferrer Champagne Blend Carneros Royal Cuvée Brut

Vintage: 2006 11/12/2010

Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. The latest edition of Gloria Ferrer's Blanc de Noir is a wonderful example of just what can happen when California fruit meets the methode champenoise. Bright and buoyant with overtones of strawberries and cherries yet never in the least bit candied or overly cute, the wine is very well-balanced, lightly yeasty and charged with lots of pinpointy bubbles. It is at fresh and friendly and can be quaffed on its own, but it has structure and substance to pair well with poached salmon in richer cream sauces.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


Vintage: 2005 07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. If on the one hand showing a touch of the chalky minerality that oftens marks Blanc de Blancs


Vintage: 2005 11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. If on the one hand showing a touch of the chalky minerality that oftens marks Blanc de Blancs, this lightly yeasty take on the style comes with an odd, almost floral note of aromatic sweetness that takes it out of the classic zone, while it very brisk, rather simple green-apple flavors go wanting for champenized richness.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


External Review
Source: NapaCabs.com
11/12/2012

Simply beautiful! Ripe stone fruit medley & citrus intermingle with toast, butter & yeasty aromas on the nose of this well-developed yet vibrantly fresh sparkling wine.


External Review
Vintage: 2003 01/29/2009

A triumphant full-bodied blend of primarily Pinot Noir. Intense fruit flavors of ripe strawberry and spicy cranberry. The unique salmon color of this sparkler is the result of its creation in the traditional, dry, rose style. Very limited!


External Review
Vintage: 2001 01/17/2009

Wine Spectator ReviewRated 93 HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDThis sparkling wine is fresh and vibrant, yet with a core of rich, luscious fruit. Aromas of Asian pear, rose water and lemon curd lead to layered flavors of fresh ginger, pippin apple and cinnamon that finish on a showy note. Drink now through 2013.Wine Enthusiast ReviewRated 93Royal Cuvee is usually Gloria Ferrer's best bubbly, and so it is with this bottling, a worthy followup to the past several vintages. Very finely structured, it shows appealing flavors of cherries, citrus fruits and vanilla, and is so rich, it's almost like a table wine. Addictively good now. Watch it change as it warms in the glass.Wine Tasting NotesA complex interplay of subtly nuanced berry and cherry aromas marries with mature yeast characters and a trace of graphite in the nose of this well-developed yet remarkably fresh sparkling wine. The wine holds in exquisite balance full, round, abundant flavors of citrus, ripe apple, spice and toast with vibrant acidity that refreshes the palate throughout an extremely long finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2001 11/24/2008

Sonoma Harvest Fair 2008 - Gold Medal


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Tasting Notes:

Ripe stone fruit medley and citrus intermingle with toast, butter and yeasty aromas on the nose of this well-developed yet vibrantly fresh sparkling wine. Creamy textures with hints of butterscotch and almonds support delicious flavors of pears, apples and lemons. The elegantly structured and long creamy finish is simply irresistible.

- The cuvee was made exclusively with free-run juice - Grapes were whole-cluster pressed to minimize extraction of bitter compounds - Base wines were fermented in stainless steel tanks at 60F to preserve delicacy - Sixteen base wines were carefully blended to create the final cuvee - The wine was aged for more than five years on the yeast

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 13% pH: 3.13

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