Lieb Family Cellars’ Blanc de Blancs, made entirely using the pinot blanc grape, has long been a favorite (look for a review and rating later this week). But at $35, it’s not the sort of bubbly we can keep on hand for casual consumption.
Luckily, they’ve recently introduced a sparkler under as part of their second-label Bridge Lane product line — a 2004 Bridge Lane Bubbly ($27).
Bright and impressively flavorful from the first refreshing sip, this affordable bubbly is made with 60% pinot noir and 40% chardonnay by
French-born Gilles Martin (formerly of Martha Clara Vineyards and currently winemaker for Sherwood House Vineyards).
It’s a really nice value in traditionally made
, local sparkling wine. Apple, honey, and faintly yeasty aromas and flavors come through
here with a slightly creamy mouth feel, fine bubbles, and nice acidity. If you join their wine club, the price is right around $20, making this one as good as you’re going to get in local bubbly value.