Blue Ox "Sunflower Sutra", Sparkling
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Blue Ox "Sunflower Sutra", Sparkling - 2018

Item # 41617 750mL
$41.96/ Single Bottle
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$503.52 $478.34/ Case of 12

Tasting Notes

A sparkling wine made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Meunier in equal parts. The grapes are dry farmed from cool climate coastal sites which helps showcase a mineral aspect in this delicious dry California wine.

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Staff Pick Notes

Delicious California bubbles are difficult to find. Most often you find a frail bottle dangerously over priced packed with over promises. Josh Hammerling and Noah Kenoyer knew this. While working at Broc Cellars ~ one of Californias natty wine darlings ~ the two met and fell into mutual attraction with the dream of making sparkling wine. Fast forward to today: Blue Ox Wine Co is set up a quick jaunt from their home planet of Broc. This wine is a bud in bloom, the first flavors are of mushroom and earth then expands with green chalky notes chizeled by a zippy acid. The bubbles - elegant and soft. 'Unholy battered old thing you were, my sunflower O my soul, I loved you then!' - Sunflower Sutra, Allen Ginsberg

- HG

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Pinot Noir

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