Tasting Notes week of October 10, 2011

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When you think of sparkling wine, what comes to mind? Champagne with its limestone soils? California sparklers with their bright sunny flavors?

How about sipping a sparkler from an ancient land, with vines grown on a site filled with concentric circles. Archeologists believe this area was used as an ancient calendar and that the alignments of rocks may have been used to determine the dates of the equinox and special ceremonies. 

This Israeli sparkling wine, Gilgal Brut, is made from a blend of 50% Chardonnay and 50% Pinot Noir grown in the cool climate of the Golan Heights. Produced in the classic Champagne method, it is aged for a minimum of one year in the bottle on the yeast.

Beyond the exotic story of its vines, the wine reveals bright lemon notes nuanced with characters of crisp green apples and pears, fresh flowers, and hints of wild strawberries from the pinot noir

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