The One

2020

Winemaker Benoit Gauthier has once again crafted a truly exceptional sparkling wine. The 2020 Vintage of “The One” is the best bubbly so far to come from Noble Ridge Winery. Its bountiful depth of flavour, racy focused acidity, rich texture, and elegant creamy mousse are all extraordinarily balanced with persistent yet finessed tiny pinpoint bubbles that danced on my palate for an impressive length of time. Having been a champagne specialist judge at the IWSC for 10 years, I was trained using their 100-point scoring system and there is no question that this traditional method sparkling wine clearly falls in the 96-100 category of excellence. Having witnessed perfection in the world of champagne, I can say with full confidence that this wine is on the precipitous of perfection. I think it is possible for this wine to be even better in a few years giving the already seamless structural elements an even deeper harmony. Having said that, this outstanding sparkling wine is ready to provide immense pleasure right now!

2017

Characterful and expressive, displaying pleasant umami mushroom notes and an attractive nuttiness with tones of hazelnut and toast. Fresh with excellent balance and a refined, elegant mousse. Sublime.

This traditional sparkling wine is incredibly elegant, complex, and hits all the quality markers on the back palate with a long generous length. Flaky buttery pastry, caramel apple, and butterscotch crème brulee flavours are superbly balanced with refreshing citrus zest acidity. Balanced, powerful and finessed. You can taste the pedigree of the winemaker here. It is truly exceptional. I was transported to Champagne, France!

77% Chardonnay / 23% Pinot Noir. The vintage has a higher percentage of Chardonnay – Clones 76 and 95 than the previous vintage. The Pinot Noir Clones are 114, 115 and 777. Whole-cluster pressed and cool fermented with Méthode traditionnelle and en tirage extended to 47 months. 12.1% Alcohol, pH 3.17, TA 7.5 g/L, RS 2.1 g/L. This is a Brut Nature champagne-style wine with < 3 gm/L residual sugar. A clear pale straw/lemon colour with a Brioche aroma and subtle flavours of green apple, Meyer lemon, and toasty notes. A generous texture on the palate with very good length and bubbles that go on forever! The Noble Ridge sparkling wines are very consistent year to year and “2017 The One” is no exception. This traditional sparkling wine is excellent value and was fantastic with seafood.

This is 77% Chardonnay and 23% Pinot Noir. The wine was en tirage for 47 months and that has given it classic aromas and flavours of brioche. On the crisp palate, there are notes of apple and citrus. The mousse is fine and persistent.

Noble Ridge continues to impress with the quality of the sparkling wines produced from its Okanagan Falls estate vineyard. A blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, this benefits from extended aging on the lees (the spent yeast cells left over after secondary fermentation) that impart rich nutty and bready aromas and flavours to the finished wine. Drink now to 2025.

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.

The pinot noir for the Pink One originates in the Okanagan Falls a year before the official recognition of the sub-appellation. This pale, toasty, relatively dry (1.4 g/L residual sugar) was en tirage for an impressive 27 months resulting in added body and a distinct brioche character. Lively with notes of cherry and cranberry lingering on the finish of good length.

  • 93 points, Gold – 2023 LA International Wine Competition – US
  • Judges’ Pick – 2022 Sip Best of the NW Wine Awards – US
  • Silver – 2022 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA

2016

This sparkling wine is exceptional. It is hitting all the quality markers as I look beyond the persistence of the fine pin-point bubbles there is depth of flavour across my palate, racy texture, breadth and richness and it continues to refresh and perfume my back palate with a long lingering finish. The aromas and flavours are extraordinarily balanced with lively focused acidity and the fine textured mousse offers the finesse that reflects the highest quality chardonnay and pinot noir wines used in the “vin de clair” base wine. The winemaker Benoit Gauthier has reached the pinnacle of perfection with this outstanding traditional method sparkling wine

Lovely nose of sour cream and onion chips, crushed cashew and fresh milk. Very tasty with nice depth of concentration and good mid-palate richness. Lovely drop of sparkling.

  • Double Gold – 2021 Global Fine Wine Challenge – UK
  • Gold – 2021 Cascadia International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2021 Dan Berger’s International Wine Competition – US
  • Judges Selection – 2021 Alberta Culinaire Awards – CA

2015

"The One” sure sounds like a confident name. And this bubbly is so good, it has earned the right to be confident. Crafted in the labour-intensive Champagne style, it’s a blend of 70-per-cent chardonnay and 30-per-cent pinot noir, matured en tirage for 28 months. Exacting owners Jim and Leslie D’Andrea have turned out a sparkling gem. It’s medium-bodied and bone-dry but with a sweetly rounded core that contributes to the wonderful balance. Creamy-rich and meaty, it exhibits orchard-fruit characters of apple, pear and citrus as well as yeasty, toasty baguette. Great depth of flavour, and perfectly tuned effervescence. Available direct, nobleridge.com.

This is a notably fruity sparkler with ripe peach and honey amid the nutty and brioche aromas from ageing on its lees in the bottle. There is also a floral note. It is mid-weight, nicely firm and balanced but not austere, with just a hint of sweetness, crisp acidity and excellent length.

This is 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir. The wine was 28 months en tirage. It is delicious, with notes of brioche on the nose and palate, along with subtle flavours of apple. The wine has two grams of residual sugar, just enough to support a generous texture on the palate.

  • 91 points/Silver – 2019 International Wine & Spirits Competition – UK
  • Silver – 2018 San Francisco International Wine Competition – US

2014

  • Best Sparkling of the Year/Double Gold – 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA
  • Best Sparkling in BC – 2017 Best of Varietal Awards, BC Wine Festivals – CA
  • Double Gold – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2018 & 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2018 International Wine & Sprits Competition – UK
  • Silver – 2017 New World International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2017 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – US

2012

Fine work here in the west coast style, rich and slightly oxidative, but full and still fresh. Great mousse persistence, flavors of preserved lemon, some ginger, brushy garrigue, and mountain herbs. A wide ranging sparkling wine, if a bit lees, some lazy, hazy moments and richness on repeat. Drink 2017-2020

  • Best Sparkling in Canada/Double Gold – 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA
  • Excellence in Wine Award – 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine – CA
  • Best in Show – 2017 BC Spring Wine Awards, BC Wine Festivals – CA
  • Double Gold – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition – US
  • Double God – 2017 All Canadian Wine Championships – CA
  • Silver – 2017 Los Angeles International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2017 New World International Wine Championships – US
  • Silver – 2017 InterVin International Wine Awards – CA
  • Silver – 2017 International Wine & Spirits Competition – UK
  • Silver – 2017 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – US

2011

  • Silver – 2015 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – US
  • Silver – 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition – US

2010

  • Best Sparkling Wine – 2015 Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Excellence in BC Wine  -CA
  • Silver – 2015 Los Angeles International Wine Competition – US
  • Best Pairing – 2014 Canadian Oyster Wine Pairing Competition – CA
  • Best in Class/Gold – 2014 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition – US
  • 90 points/Gold – 2014 National Wine Awards – CA
  • Silver – 2014 Riverside International Wine Competition – US