I got this wine at last year’s Willamette Valley Bubbles Fest. A 2010 vintage that had been hiding in the wine fridge, due to its crown cap (I kept thinking it was a cider!), I opened it last night, and was very pleased.
Creamy with a lot of yeast on the palate, it has flavors of ripe apple. It has tiny bubbles that quickly dissipate, releasing a bright acidity. I think I opened it at just the right time!
It was produced in the Méthode Champenoise, disgorged in house, and resealed with the crown cap. In searching Airlie’s website, it seems that this is the only vintage of a sparkling wine they have produced – what a shame!
Sadly, this was my only bottle… But I loved every sip.