A Year in Sparkling Wine
December 12, 2022
BC’s Anthony Gismondi’s annual Sparkling Report is out and included reviews of three of our sparkling wines: The One, The Pink One and the Fizzy One. Contact us today for availabilities!
Noble Ridge The One 2017
I’m impressed by the journey of this label that has taken it from an okay sparkler to a top-flight fizz, spending an impressive 47 months on lees. Elegance and complexity are never easy to achieve, but The One has it, mixing 77 percent chardonnay with 23 percent pinot noir, all from the home vineyard. A nutty, buttery pastry aroma up front spreads across the palate and pushes deep into the finish. It has hint of oxidation but the citrus notes and high acidty are the perfect foil to balance it all. Another marker that point to a bright future for BC sparkling wine.
Noble Ridge The Pink One 2018
The Pink One is all Okanagan Falls and all pinot noir grown on the home site. Its secret to success is a mix of several clones (114, 115, and 777), planted in 2001 and 2008. It gets a brief four hours of skin contact to perfect its light copper colour before a cold fermentation and a long 29-month sleep on its lees. Like, The One, it has an intriguing complexity woven through its strawberry and freshly baked biscuit nose. The palate flashes red currants and citrus with a perfectly leesy/yeasty undercurrent. It struck gold at the National Wine Awards of Canada this year, never an easy task when tasted among the country’s best. Dry and ready to drink, you can take this to the dinner table.
Noble Ridge The Fizzy One NV
The Fizzy One is a sparkling frizzante made as only a BC sparkler could be, with 62 percent kerner from Tappen in the Shuswap Valley, and 38 percent pinot gris out of Oliver in the Okanagan Valley. The nose is a riot of flower blossoms and fruit that spills onto an off-dry palate of gooseberries, pears, and candied apples. So fresh and enticing, this is a fun sipping breakfast bubble, or you could serve it with spicy appetizers before dinner.
Access the Full Sparkling Review here.