Photo: Blue Mountain toasts the vintage
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. Happily, the winery has begun to release is classy R.D. wines with some regularity 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 to eight years is the enhanced complexity that the wines develop from extended lees contact.
Currently, the winery has three R.D. releases available.