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Staff Pick

Onabay Vineyards, Blanc de Blancs Brut - 2016

Item # 25991 750mL
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Tasting Notes

This wine has aromas of green apples, lemon verbena, and honey blossoms. On the palate these aromas are joined by refreshing and mouth-filling Bosc pears and Fuji apples that lead to a crisp and refreshing finish with citrus notes. Made from 100% hand-picked Chardonnay grapes picked two to three weeks earlier than the Chardonnay grapes destined for still wines allows the wine to retain all of the nervous acidity and minerality made possible by the North Fork's cool maritime climate. It is made in the traditional method, with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle and benefits from contact with the lees that allow the acidity of the wine to soften just enough to achieve an elegant balance. The very modest level of sugar in the dosage that is added back during disgorgement ensures that the wine remains crisp and refreshing on the palate.

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Staff Pick Notes

Shucking a whole bunch of oysters inspires robust pride, and a delicious sparkling wine is both a worthy reward and an excellent wine pairing. But what if you blew all of your cash on 3 dozen Bluepoints? Fear not! Long Island produces quality wines on par with their delicious shellfish offerings, at a very friendly price. Onabay's Blanc de Blancs Brut is 100% hand-picked Chardonnay grapes, fermented twice in the Champagne method. This sparkler has racy acidity, mineral elegance, tongue scrubbing bubbles, and a bone-dry finish that leaves hints of candied lemon on your palate. It's a perfect counterpoint to those savory bay morsels.


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