By Jessica Yadegaran
Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 5:05 pm in Corkheads.
I recently opened this Gloria Ferrer 2002 Royal Cuvee sparkling wine by accident. Meaning, I’d usually save something this tantalizing for a special occasion. But the special occasion in this case was my bird brain, so here goes. I was mesmerized.
The gorgeous gold tone in the glass was breathtaking, not to mention the almost pedantic stream of bubbles. I poured it into two flutes to see how it performed: A cheap, thick stemless and a thinner, higher quality stem. It danced in both.
The aroma was equally beautiful. Crisp apple tart with a distinct brioche. On the palate, I got lemon, apple, and more brioche flavors plus an extra long finish. Sixteen base wines were blended for the final cuvee, and the wine was aged on the lees for more than five years. It shows. I think it will continue to develop complexity for at least another 5 years. But I’m not sorry I opened it.
Honestly, it is an utter steal at $32 and is available on the Gloria Ferrer website.