I love Champagne. I'd be happy if I had a glass of it every day. The more Champagne I drink, the higher my standards are for sparkling wine.
That's a nice way of saying that I'm awfully critical of Oregon sparkling wine. I had nearly given up on it until I brought home Lundeen's newest Blanc de Blancs.
The first sip, I snapped to attention. The second, I skipped right past "judging" it and into deep appreciation and enjoyment. My Champagne-fanatic life partner was equally in awe; she and I crushed the bottle in no time.
A couple days later, I was talking with one of our favorite Willamette Valley winemakers—another Champagne-head--and couldn't resist telling him about Lundeen's bubbz. He cut me off with a "oh yeah, we're drinking a ton of it, it's amazing!"
Michael Lundeen, who we've found to be modest when it comes to his winemaking prowess, knows how good this his. When I said, "this is the s#!t" he pretty much said, "yup."
It's all about balance. I want richness but there has to be corresponding acidity. And this has an incredible, mouthwatering acidity that cuts through the lovely richness. Citrus and stone fruit elements are present, gliding on the creamy mousse and playing with subtle spice, preserved Meyer lemon, and fresh brioche notes.
An obvious investment in time, the Chardonnay was barrel fermented before spending four years en triage.