Saturday, February 11, 2017

Sparkling Wine Tasting

2 p.m. 'til 4 p.m.
All ages welcome | 21+ to drink

About Sparkling Wine Tasting

Galaxy Wine Company is a wholesaler, importer, and distributor of fine wines. Based in Portland, Oregon, they distribute wines from around the globe to retailers, restaurants, and wine shops here in Oregon. They're coming in to spend some time with us! They'll be pouring samples of Gruet Rose NV, Roederer Estate Brut Rose NV, Simonnet Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Rose AOC Brut NV and Louis Roederer Brut Rose Vintage.

Gruet Brut Rosé
A beautiful garnet in color, this Rose NV has a delicate, fine mousse and rich, fruit flavors. This full-bodied sparkler starts with floral and berry aromas which introduce flavors of cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry, finishing delicately with zesty acidity.

Marc Hebrart Cuvee de Reserve Brut NV
The signature are there, and there's a stealthy richness on the mid-palate; with five minutes in the glass it really exhales. A sumptuous yet articulate wine.

Simonnet Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Rose AOC Brut NV
Fresh and vivacious style. Showing powerful aromas of red fruit (raspberry, red currant) and freshness, fine bubbles and nice rosé colour. Ideal for an aperitif but it will also match perfectly with desserts made with red fruits and chocolate.

Roederer Rosé Vintage
"A characteristic Roederer rosé: the concentration, fruitiness, and compactness of the Cumières Pinot noir grapes are transcended by the elegance, purity, and freshness of the finest Chardonnay grapes cultivated on the Côte des Blancs." - Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon, Cellar Master

In order for grapes to be used in the creation of a great rosé champagne, they have to attain perfect maturity, which is sometimes difficult to achieve in the changeable Champagne climate. This is why Louis Roederer decided to invest in the vineyards at Cumières, where the shallow calcareous clay soil, which is on south-facing slopes bathed in the light reflected from the banks of the river Marne, enables the grapes to attain optimum phenolic maturity. A blend of around 65% Pinot noir and 35% Chardonnay, 20% of which is wine matured in oak tuns, the Rosé Vintage cuvée is generally matured on lees for 4 years and left for a minimum of 6 months after dégorgement (disgorging) to attain perfect maturity. The wine has fruity aromas of wild red berries, followed by floral notes, and the sugary and spicy fragrance of zest; and the aromas of dried fruit and cocoa result from the wine's vinifying in oak tuns. Rich and full-bodied, the Rosé Vintage exalts the maturity of the fruit. A sparkling wine with an initial impression of freshness, it opens smoothly with almost exotic notes, combined with the pure minerality of the Chardonnay grapes.