2017 Quady North Q-vée brut rosé of Cabernet franc sparkling wine
Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon
Dosage: 3.5 g/liter
Owner/winemaker Herb Quady made this sparkling wine using the same technique they use to make Champagne in France. It’s the most expensive– and time-consuming– way to get bubbles into your wine. Wines made using methodé champenoise have more integrated bubbles since they form in the bottle. Click here to read more about how bubbly wines are made.
The grapes for this sparkling wine were picked early so as to retain good acidity, then fermented until dry and aged in neutral French oak barrels for nine months. After disgorging the bottles, they were topped with a little more, less dry, Cabernet franc.
Bouquet and palate:
Red fruit notes of ripe raspberries, bing and sour cherries, play among hints of watermelon rind and strawberry leaves, all while dancing with vigorous bubbles. This sparkling wine has bubbles for days so if you love lots of lasting bubbles, get your hands on some stat!
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