Photo (courtesy Blue Mountain): festive bubbles
In the fall of 2010,
Vineyard & Cellars celebrated its 20th vintage by hosting an
extensive tasting of its reserve wines.
The wines in the tasting included a 1994 Reserve Brut R.D., which means recently disgorged. If my files are correct, the winery released its next R.D. sparkling wine from the vintage of 2004. That wine would have been released about three years ago.
Happily, the winery has begin to release is classy R.D. wines a little more often now.
In recent years, the winery has been able to do that. The result is a series of sparkling wines that stand side by side with
The R.D wines necessarily are more expensive, reflecting the additional years these wines are aged. The reward for tying up capital for another five years to eight years is the enhanced complexity that the wines develop from extended lees contact.
These are not wines to be squandered with the party trick that, alas, has become popular: opening bottles with a sabre. That is quite dramatic; not much wine sprays over the floor when the sobering is successful. Of course, it is a mess if the neck does not break off cleanly.
But these wines are so good that you will want to savour every drop rather than sabre every drop.
Currently, the winery has three R.D. releases available.