N.V. Piper Sonoma Brut

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Connoisseurs' Guide: 85
Wine Enthusiast: 88
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :


"Fairly low-keyed and rather dry smelling with little more than a faint, very distant touch of yeast making a token appearance, this lackluster sparkler is slightly soft on the palate, and its brusque, mid-sized bubbles make an all too hasty exit. Most of its energy is already spent, and it comes up well short on value, its modest price notwithstanding. Reviewed: November 2015" (CG)

"A little scoury around the edges and sweet, but otherwise a fine bubbly. Dry and tart, it shows rich Meyer lemon, lime, strawberry, vanilla and yeast flavors." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Piper Sonoma Brut, made of 60% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Meunier, has a pale gold color, petite bubbles and delicate aromas of ripe apple, toast and peach. This sparkling wine is dry and fresh with a long elegant finish, possessing crisp citrus flavors with hints of strawberry and vanilla smoke.

Sonoma’s warm summer days and cool nights prolong the growing season, producing flavorful grapes with fresh acidity. 75-80% of the grapes come from Sonoma with the remaining from Carneros and Dry Creek. The fruit is harvested by hand in small containers and whole clusters are pressed to bring out pure aromas and flavors.

Piper Sonoma Brut is made in the Traditional Method used in Champagne with the second fermentation taking place inside the bottle. Aged on lees for 18 months and then blended with 20-25% reserve wines. A perfect complement to crab cakes, sauteéd shrimp or sushi.