Ever tried a wine from New Mexico? How about sparkling wine from New Mexico? Gruet Winery, located about 170 miles south of Albuquerque is putting New Mexico on the wine map.
So how good can a sparkling be from New Mexico, you ask? Well, it starts with with a great pedigree. Founder, Gilbert Gruet was born in France and produced true Champagne at his Champagne house, Gruet et Fils, before re-locating to the United States. In 1983 Gruet and his wife ran into European wine makers who had successfully planted vineyards in the New Mexico mountains, at an altitude of about 4300 ft. With inexpensive land and a desire to experiment with uncharted territory, Gruet brought his passion for Champagne style sparkling wines to an unlikely region of the United States.
Altitude can work in a wine maker’s favor. It works in Mendoza, why not New Mexico? Hot daytime temperatures that drop dramatically at night allow the grapes to ripen slowly. With a dry climate and sandy soil, there is minimal concern for rot, and the ability to farm without the use of pesticides makes this area ideal for the fickle Pinot Noir grape. Gruet makes both still and sparkling Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as a small production of Rhone style Syrah.
One of our favorites for taste and wallet friendliness is the sparkling Blanc de Noirs. This non-vintage Pinot Noir has an earthy nose that leads into a crisp palate with wonderful fruit on the finish.
Gruet Blanc de Noir $12
The rich and toasty character of our Blanc de Noirs is balanced and superb. Aged for two-year minimum, the palate is developed and shows rich complex flavors. The amazing berries aromas and the creamy texture play a leading role and create a great finesse.
Winemaker’s Note: A fine salmon color, aggressive mousse and a lovely fruity wine with plenty of immediate charm and toasty aromas. There is also an explosive juicy flavor of raspberry.
Look for Gruet at Decanted Wines located at 1410 Pine Ridge Rd, Suite 21, Naples FL 34108 or online at http://www.decantedwines.com