Sparkling in the pink

Domaine Chandon, Sonoma County 62%, Napa County 38%, etoile, Rose nv The house style is one of forward fruit and a soft profile. Likewise with this wine in a copper color and an added zip of acidity. The fruit source for this wine is 62% from Sonoma and 38% from Napa. After primary ferment this wine was put in the bottle for its secondary ferment in 2003 and aged for 5 years on the lees. It is wonderful to see this wine bottled under a crown cap as is more common in Australia. P&B in Yountville 13.5% $32.99 at Bottle Barn Chandon

Iron Horse, Sonoma County Green Valley, Estate Bottled, Brut, Rose 2003 81% Pinot Noir and 19% Chardonnay. Lots of red fruit and several of the class members swore that this wine smells of pot. In the mouth there is a sense of strawberry-rhubarb. The wine is fermented in stainless and spends 3 years en tirage. GP&B in Sebastopol 13% $39.99 at Bottle Barn Iron Horse

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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