Boom!!! My last wine shipment until 2010. This shipment was a little bit of what old is new again, in that both bottles are just new releases for wines that I’ve had before. With the two wines being a 2005 Ultra Brut sparkling (I had a 2004 bottle of Ultra Brut) and a 2007 La Terre Promise Pinot Noir (I had a 2006 bottle of La Terre Promise Pinot Noir.)
I ended up getting these wines from UPS the day before leaving on Christmas break, and a couple of minutes before UPS’ 7pm guarantee delivery deadline. So you know it must have been a busy Christmas for UPS, when they have to push the delivery to the every end of the delivery window.
I’m pretty excited about both bottles, more so for the Ultra Brut since it goes great with seafood (oysters in particular.)
Here are some notes from the Shipment newsletter about each wine:
2005 Ultra Brut
Ultra Brut is a rarely-produced specialty style. It is a very dry and brisk, and for that reason serves as a superb aperitif. It enlivens and refreshes the palate, stimulating the appetite for the pleasures of the meal ahead. This is wine is composed of 64% Pinot Noir, 34% Chardonnay and 2% Pinot Blanc. The incredibly fine mousse gently delivers the aromas of baked apple, pear, key-lime with an overlay of toasty nuttiness. The wine is beautifully round and long. Ready for immediate enjoyment, it is also a very ago-worthy wine. It will complement and shellfish, smoked fish or mushroom hors d’oeuvres.
2007 Le Terre Promise Pinot Noir
This is the second vintage from out newest estate vineyard, La Terre Promise Vineyard, planted next to the landmark Stornetta Dairy on the Carneros Highway. We selected this site for its rolling hills and exceptional soils, and planted it between 2002 and 2005 to an array of clones, some of them new to us. This second release is very representative of the ripe 2007 vintage. Extremely expressive of its terroir, it is redolent of pomegranate, raspberries, cherries, vanilla and Asian spices. You can enjoy this wine now, and look forward to future developments from this exceptional vineyard site.