British Columbia can produce some excellent sparkling wine. The Blue Mountain Gold Label Brut sparkling wine is made the same way Champagne is produced which is often referred to as the “traditional method”.
Its riot of tiny bubbles is a good sign. On the nose lime, apple, pear with some guava. Very clean and sharp as one would expect a Brut to be. On the palate baked apple crisp, pear with a hint of ginger and toasted oatmeal bread. This sparkler has some power to it with good depth and a long finish. Lower price than entry level champagnes but much better. I can’t say it will improve with age but it will happily hang around until 2024 if you have a proper place to store it. My choice would be to just delve into it now and toast yourself for putting up with all this COVID drama which no doubt has caused most of us some deprivation. Hopefully you are healthy and can celebrate that too. We’ve come this far so what is a mutation of a virus….yet another diversion and battle to fight. And yes this is more bounty from the Okanagan!
(Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Brut Gold Label, Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Ltd., Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, $34.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 206326, 12%,750mL, Robert K. Stephen a little birdie told me Rating 92/100).