Friday, March 22, 2013
2010 Kramer Vineyards Brut Sparkling Wine Yamhill-Carlton Oregon
Kramer Vineyards The 2010 Brut Methode Traditionnelle a wonderful blend of 50% Pinot Noir and 50% Chardonnay, is created using the same techniques as those making champaign.
The aromas of cherry, strawberry, apple and pear with hints of fresh baked bread. Nice little accent of of citrus zest with the perfect amount of acidity.
The apple/pear is really showcased in the mouth with a nice citrus finish. My pairings for the evening were fresh melon fruit balls with a little sparkling drizzled over them followed creamy warm brie over butter crackers. Both were excellent but the richness of the wine was enhanced with the warm cheese making both soft and inviting. Then Kim Kramer suggests something salty like popcorn or potato chips. Holy cow what a pairing the chips were. I thought it was nuts but really the salt on the chips calm the citrus on the finish but magnifies the pear. Always trust those close to the wine!
Many thanks to Kim, Beau and all the fine folks who make Kramer Vineyards a huge success in Oregon wine country. I was very spoiled drinking this sparkling goodness. My congratulations to you for celebrating your 30th year in the Oregon Wine Industry. Anyone visiting the region, this is a must stop. Located in Gaston Oregon at 26830 Northwest Olson Road, the tasting room is open 11-5 daily April-Oct with winter months Nov-March 11-5 Thurs-Sun. Enjoy the patio with a picnic and wine lunch or admire the beauty of the property. Don't forget you can also sign up for The Cellar Door Wine Club and receive wines year round delivered right to your doorstep.