Empire Estate Blanc de Blanc NV

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Tasting Notes

This sparkler offers nectarine, apricot and lemon curd notes that are nicely creamy and ripe. It is medium in weight, with refreshing lemon/lime flavors lingering on the long finish.

The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York has a long, storied history of grape-growing and winemaking, but its sparkling wine production in the late-1800s is what initially put the area on the world’s wine map. With vineyards planted on mineral-rich soils, on slopes that hug the glacially-carved lakes, and a cool climate similar to many of the finest Old World wine regions, the Finger Lakes is an ideal terroir for making world-class sparkling wines. 

This wine contains mostly fruit from the warm and dry 2020 vintage, along with some 2018 and 2019 wine. Harvest occurs throughout the months of September & October, with pick dates scheduled when grapes reach optimal flavor ripeness, while the coolness of the season preserves their freshness. Vineyard sites are farmed sustainably, on a variety of mineral-rich soils to add complexity to the resulting wine - among the soil types are: limestone & shale, shale & gravel, and shale & clay. Each vineyard site is picked and vinified entirely separately to best bring out individual character; from cold soaking decisions, to fermentation style, to aging in a combination of stainless steel and neutral oak. The Charmat Method is used for the wine’s secondary fermentation, and after resting through winter and spring on its lees (one quarter of it in large oak barrels), the wine is bottled in early summer.

Enjoy this food-friendly bubbly with sushi, shrimp, calamari, smoked salmon, and white fish such as halibut, as well as cheese, egg dishes, creamy pastas and even Asian fare.

Food Pairing Suggestions

Brunch Foods, Cheese, Chicken/Turkey, Cream Sauce Pasta, East Asian (Chinese/Japanese/Korean), Fish (white), Fish-full flavored (salmon/tuna), Hors d'oeuvres, Indian Food, Just for Cocktailing, Lobster & Crab, Perfect Aperitif , Shellfish, Spicy Food, Sushi, Tapas, Thai or Vietnamese, Vegetables

New York , Finger Lakes
Grape Varietal:
100% Riesling
$25.00 each