NV Gloria Ferrer Brut- WS90 for $12.95

March 20, 2010 Daily DrinkersSpecial Occasions  No comments

NV Gloria Ferrer Sonoma BrutEvery great night begins with some great bubbly and last night was no exception.  After last weekend’s 2001 Gloria Ferrer ‘Royal Cuvee’, I decided to go for its less expensive label mate, the NV Brut.  For those new to sparkling wine, most top notch producers make vintage wine for aging and non vintage wine to be consumed within a year or two of release.  I have now tasted both versions from Gloria Ferrer and I can officially say this Gloria lady makes great, sophisticated sparkling wines that are possibly unmatched values.  Why would you ever buy grocery store Corbel when you can buy this for under $13?

The wine itself starts with nice citrus and apple on the nose but less toasty oak than the more expensive version.  This too is very dry with a light but not thin texture.  You certainly don’t get any of that Welch’s sweetness that comes through on many comparably priced California sparklers.  The finish is very nice- clean and tart. Textbook.

We had the half bottle (only $6.99 at LA Wine Company) as a prelude to a great under $10 Cabernet that will be reviewed tomorrow.  Both the 375ml and the full bottle can be found at LA Wine Company at their typical best in the country prices.  In fact, I was searching for a lower price and was thrown off by a few retailers selling half bottles for within a dollar of LA Wine Co’s full bottle price.  They ship nation wide where corrupt legislators, that report to lobbyists rather than their constituents, haven’t outlawed it.

This one made the Wine Spectator top 100 list for 2009.  With over 100,000 cases produced, it’s widely available including at your grocery (for a few bucks more).  Try a bottle there and buy a case if you like it.

2009 Wine Spectator Top 100: #78- 90 points

“Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2012. 103,000 cases made.” (WS)

NV Gloria Ferrer Brut- LA Wine Company $12.95

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