Monday, February 28, 2011

Brotherhood Blanc de Blanc from the Hudson Valley

Brotherhood Winery is the oldest continually operating winery in New York state. And of course, it is in the Hudson Valley. The Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay Brut Champagne is a 100% chardonnay sparkling wine.

Walking through their cavernous underground cellars, you can see 170 years of continuous winemaking heritage, and you can learn about winemaking, barrel ageing, and their sparkling wine methods.

This golden straw colored wine has a wonderful nose of green apple and yeast, with a whiff of toastiness about it. This wine is made from 100% Hudson Valley chardonnay. The wine has lots of tiny, fine bubbles which trail up the flute beautifully. The wine itself was dry and refreshingly crisp. There were big flavors of green apple up front, but a nice, dry finish. Beautifully balanced. An elegant fine sparkling wine.

Congrats to Cesar Baeza and winemaker Bob Barrow!