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Wine Recommendation

Wine: L. Mawby Vineyard Blanc de Blanc  (Leelanau Peninsula)

L. Mawby Vineyard

NV L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs 'Brut'
(Leelanau Peninsula)

It has often been said that a Blanc de Blancs is the most difficult sparkler to make and that's why it's frequently more expensive. Larry Mawby throws that explanation out the window.

Principally hand-harvested Chardonnay grapes are whole-cluster pressed then juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks. This is followed by blending with reserve wines prior to second fermentation in the bottle. Aging en triage and riddling by gyropalette is followed by dégorgement.

Call this wine deliciously stylish and a bargain at the price for a Blanc de Blancs. Its unique apple and apple pie spice aromas lead to a refreshingly zippy, zesty and crisp palate impression mirroring some spiced apple flavors. Its Chardonnay complexity is deliciously amazing.

Reviewed July 20, 2006 by Eleanor & Ray Heald.

The Wine

Winery: L. Mawby Vineyard
Vintage: NV
Wine: L. Mawby Blanc de Blancs 'Brut'
Appellation: Leelanau Peninsula
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 375ml $12.00, 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 7/20/2006

The Reviewer

Eleanor & Ray Heald

The Healds have been writing about wine since 1978 and have focused on appellation significance in many of their world beat writings. They value recognizing site personality (terroir) within an appellation's wines. They praise balance and elegance in wines styled to pair well with food and eschew over-extraction, high alcohol and heavy-handed oak. “Delicious” is their favorite descriptor for a great, well-made wine.