Gruet Blanc de Noir – NV New Mexico
If you are looking for a wine to kick off your Easter dinner, a sparkling wine would be an ideal choice. I discovered this great sparkling from New Mexico, yes you read that correctly, about four years ago. I highly recommend it for your upcoming Easter get together.
Owner Gilbert Gruet has been producing champagne at his Bethon, France estate since 1952 so he’s no Johnny-come-lately winemaker. The New Mexico sparkling wine house began production in 1983 and his run by his tow children. The “Land of Enchantment” vineyards are at 4,300 feet, making them among some of the highest in America.
On appearance, the wine is a lot lighter in color than one may expect given it’s made using Pinot Noir grapes, which are black. However, you’ll get over that quickly. I sure did. It has a wonderful brioche aroma that screams sparkling wine. My taste buds were saying, ‘Well what are you waiting for?” So I obliged and took a sip.
The creamy texture was refreshing. I love that Saturday morning toast flavor that is prevalent in well-made sparkling wine. The fruit is a pleasing raspberry with a nice punch of acidity. The acidity will be as welcome as one of your guests when you start mixing and matching the myriad foods that make Easter dinner so special.
The $17 price is just right for a small-to-mid-sized Easter gathering. HAPPY EASTER!