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Ultimate Wine Challenge 2011 Finalist. Yeasty, matchstick scent. Smoky minerality infuses this wine's wild strawberry flavors with a savory push-pull that's addictive and tasty. It's full and graceful, shaped by the fine acidity and tiny bubbles. Dried herbs, especially oregano, adds further intrigue.
Lively and fun to drink, with creamy Asian pear and citrus aromas that lead to crisp, easygoing apple, yeasty cinnamon and mineral flavors. Drink now through 2012. 103,000 cases made. –TF
The #78 in Wine Spectator's 2009 Top 100
The 2001 vintage was a good one for Gloria Ferrer, and this brut, made almost equally from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, is exceptionally delicious. It was held on the lees all this time, giving it a creamy yeastiness in addition to savory lime, strawberry and vanilla flavors. Drink now.