Sunday, July 21, 2019

Wine Review: Left Coast Cellars "Queen Bee Bubbly" Sparking Pinot Noir 2017

I've done plenty of reviews of Left Coast Cellars' wines over the years, and you can read them all by clicking hereThis winery is out of Willamette Valley, Oregon and was founded in 2003. With 350 acres of land and 130 acres of vineyards, they use sustainable viticulture to produce only estate-grown wine. They're LIVE Certified Sustainable, Salmon Safe Certified, and are one of fourteen wineries to complete the Oregon Environmental Council's Carbon Reduction Challenge. All of the power for the guest cottages, the front gate, and the vineyard irrigation is run by solar power, and use a big chunk of their land for their Oak Savanna Restoration Project. They are very environmentally conscious.

This time around I've got some of the brand new vintages just released in 2019! There's a quickie of the 2018 White Pinot Noir, a full review of the 2018 Rosé, a quickie of the 2017 Pinot Gris, and a full review of the 2018 Queen Bee Bubbly. (Hopefully I remember to update those links as they're published)

The 2018 Queen Bee Bubbly is entirely from the Wädenswil clone of Pinot Noir. It's a sustainably farmed sparkling rosé that was fermented in 100% French oak and saw 10 months of aging. What's super cool about this stuff is that they use honey from their estate honey bees as the source of sugar for the secondary fermentation that creates the carbonation, so there's actual honey in this wine! The final ABV is 12%, and rather than a cork or screwcap it's topped off with a bottle cap.

The color of the wine is a peachy orange, and the yeasts remain resting on the bottom of the bottle. It's got a toasty and bready nose, and that estate honey is all over it. Beyond that there's aromas of baked apple and oranges. On the palate it's still nice and bready on the mouthfeel with a medium body and bright acidity. There's flavors of honey, grapefruit, citrus, and strawberries. Then it finishes with long lasting tart grapefruit and surprisingly dry for something that literally contains honey.

This is very cool and it's super yummy! I'm giving it half a point more than a Recommendation just because it's something different that you definitely should snatch up if you come across it, if only for the sake of trying something different. You won't regret it.

Price: $36
Rating: 4.5/5 = Recommended / Highly Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was supplied free of charge for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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