1998 Extended Tirage Brut
15% Oregon Pinot Noir, 85% Oregon Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine
Knudsen Vineyards, Hyland
Dundee Hills AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon
1998 Extended Tirage Brut Tasting Notes
Take the richness of our 1996 E.T., and the yeasty bottle bouquet of our 1997 E.T., and you get a darn close approximation of this 1998 E.T. The color is a youthful, bright straw yellow. The aroma is fresh and continuously evolving. Look for tree fruits of ripe apple, pear, and white peach with elegant honeysuckle blossom and vanilla spice. The palate is a transcendent, full throttle mouthful of fruit, spice, honeysuckle, with fresh toasted biscuit yeasty goodness. There is a racy mid-palate juiciness on a mineral backbone. Seamless, rich Brut style!
For those who missed out on this amazing 1998 Extended Tirage Brut, we recommend our 2000 Blanc de Blancs and our 2006 Brut Rosé. Want to make sure you get the 1999 Extended Tirage Brut when it's released in 2009? Sign up for our Clubhouse Wine Club. You'll get the 1999 ETB and other limited production wines as they become available.
Wine Scores and Reviews for Extended Tirage Brut
- 1998: Wine Spectator TOP 100 - #17
- 1998: Wine Spectator Insider - 95 "Haunting stuff, ethereal in texture, with amazingly delicate bubbles that carry wave after wave of rich toast, spice and baked apple flavors, persisting on the elegant finish. This one has harmony, intensity and refinement. Drink now. From Oregon. - HS"
- 1997: Wine Spectator - 2007 Top 100 Wines of the Year (#25 of 100) "The highest-scoring sparkling wine ever produced by a U.S. winery!"
- 1997: Wine Spectator "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED" 94 "A stunner. Still fresh after 10 years. Pear, apple and orange marmalade flavors weave through a delicate structure and flavor profile with distinct toastiness. It's the freshness that makes this elegant sparkler special. Drink now. - HS"
- 1995: Wine Spectator 90