Wine To Go Buy This Week – New Year’s Edition -Domaine Carneros 2008 Le Reve Blanc de Blancs – 90 Points

France’s Champagne Taittinger started its U.S label with the opening of Domaine Carneros in 1987 and has gone on to create world-class sparkling wines in America, of which their flagship Le Reve has always been a consistent standout. This Blanc de Blanc is comprised of five Chardonnay clones from the Domaine’s Carneros estate fruit. Aged nearly six years and using first pressed juice, the carbonation is surprisingly mild and refined. In the glass a host of flavors open up including lemon biscuit, crisp green apple, lime meringue, raw almond, baked pie crust, and pear juice notes. The acidity is present without distracting and the slight mineral notes, typical of Carneros wine, is noticeable as a compliment without being overwrought. The end result is a wine that is delicate, lithe and sensitive.

Average Price:  $110/ 750ML
Alcohol: 12.7%
Pair With: Lobster with sage butter, double cream cheeses, salmon with béarnaise sauce.
Availability: Nationally
Website: www.domainecarneros.com

For more than 25 years, The California Wine Club founders Bruce and Pam Boring have explored all corners of California’s wine country to find award-winning, handcrafted wine to share with the world. Each month, the club features a different small family winery and hand selects two of their best wines for members.