In preparation for the holidays, gayot.com set out to find the best sparkling wines in the United States. In their findings, Trump Winery’s
2008 Blanc de Noirs was named in their list of Top Ten American sparkling wines. http://www.gayot.com/wine/
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The 2008 Blanc de Noir is made via Méthode Champenoise with 100% Pinot Noir grapes. After a combination of stainless steel and French oak barrel aging, the wine gains complexity by aging on the lees in the bottle for a minimum of 3 years. At disgorging, a low dosage is added to balance acidity and improve mouth feel. The wine exhibits savory flavors of toast, coffee, caramel and honey with a background of lemon and malt.
Gayot.com rated the Kluge SP Rose 2008 methode champenoise in their top ten picks for Thanksgiving in 2011, after the winery was acquired by Donald Trump.
For the methodology of their ratings, according to Barnaby Hughes of gayot.com, most wines are tasted by Alain Gayot, the publisher, who assigns ratings and makes the final selection for each top ten list. “How do we choose what goes on the list? It largely depends on what samples we receive. Wines are also chosen for high ratings and with an eye towards variety. Thus, Trump is one of the best sparkling wine producers we’ve come across outside of California that is willing to send samples.” He adds that wines are not tasted blind.