Wine Spectator 89 points - Focused and richly styled, with spicy tropical fruit aromas and appealing baked apple, cinnamon and herb notes. Drink now. 40,000 cases made. From New Mexico.
-Tim Fish (Jan 21 2013)
The current disgorgement of the Gruet Gold Label is 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir. The fruit is grown at 4300' above sea level in the arid climate of Central New Mexico. The significant diurnal fluctuations in this high altitude climate provide ideal growing conditions for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay - and it shows in the wine! The fruit is hand-picked at the optimal time in mid-summer to achieve just the right balance of ripe fruit flavors and piquant acidity. Consistency of style is maintained by blending wines from different vineyards and harvest years. Aged for 24 months "en tirage." The Brut offers a crisp, and full-bodied sparkling wine, which has developed rich complexity and fine mousse. The allure of toasty finish from twenty-four months on tirage, is a complement to the sophisticated apple and citrus flavor. Winemaker's Note: Brilliant with ultra fine bubbles. A wonderful fine bouquet dominated by green apple and grapefruit flavors. A truly classic house style!