From: San Juan Island, WA
Taste: On the nose, this sparkling wine presents an aromatic bouquet of toasted hazelnut, ripe citrus fruits, and freshly sliced green apple, with subtle undertones of brioche and white flowers. As the wine graces the palate, its rich and creamy texture is balanced by a vibrant acidity, showcasing flavors of lemon zest, green apple, and a hint of almond. The long and lingering finish leaves an impression of minerality and elegance.
Pairing: The Madrone Cellars 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise is a versatile sparkling wine that pairs well with a variety of dishes. Its vibrant acidity and rich flavors complement both delicate and robust fare. We’ve listed some general examples as well as a recipe for Herb Crepes With Goat Cheese Filling by Martha Rose Shulman below.
Seafood: The wine's citrus notes and bright acidity make it an excellent pairing for fresh seafood dishes, such as oysters, shrimp cocktail, or grilled scallops.
Charcuterie: Serve alongside a selection of fine cheeses, cured meats, and artisanal bread for a delightful appetizer or light meal.
Poultry: The wine's crisp acidity and nutty undertones beautifully enhance the flavors of roasted chicken or turkey with a lemon-herb rub.
Grilled Vegetables: The wine's acidity and citrus notes bring out the natural sweetness of grilled vegetables, such as asparagus, bell peppers, and zucchini.
Goat Cheese Salad: Pair with a mixed greens salad topped with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and a citrus vinaigrette for a refreshing and satisfying meal.
Herb Crepes With Goat Cheese Filling
By Martha Rose Shulman
About. In the world of wine, history and tradition often meet innovation and creativity. This perfect blend of old and new is evident in Madrone Cellars' 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise. This exceptional sparkling wine showcases the dedication and skill of its creators, Shaun and Amy Salamida, as they bring their passion for winemaking to life on San Juan Island.
The 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise is a testament to Madrone Cellars' commitment to quality and sustainability. The Riesling grapes used in this limited-production wine come from two renowned vineyards in the White Bluffs AVA: Bacchus and Dionysus. The Dionysus block, planted in 1973, boasts some of the oldest Riesling plantings in Washington State and consistently maintains its acidity.
This rich and luxurious sparkling wine spent 30 months in tirage, and only 40 cases were produced. The hand-riddling and disgorging à la volée processes contribute to its distinctive character. With notes of toasted hazelnut, citrus, and green apple, the 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise is a sophisticated addition to Madrone Cellars' portfolio of dry wines and ciders.
Madrone Cellars was founded in 2017 by San Juan Island’s Shaun and Amy Salamida. The winery focuses on French-inspired wines, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cinsault, Marsanne, and Viognier, and their popular Croissance Red Wine Blend. Their ciders, including the Island Perry, are made with locally sourced organic Asian pears.
A European tour in 2018 inspired the Salamidas to adopt sustainable farming and winemaking practices. By working with Salmon Safe and LIVE certified vineyards, utilizing biodegradable solutions at their winery, and partnering with local farmers who practice organic principles, Madrone Cellars demonstrates its dedication to preserving the environment and producing wines that reflect their origins.
The 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise is a shining example of Madrone Cellars' devotion to crafting exceptional wines that marry tradition and innovation. As a tribute to the vineyards and the Salamidas' passion for winemaking, this sparkling wine is sure to delight wine enthusiasts who appreciate the perfect balance between old-world charm and new-world creativity. Cheers to Madrone Cellars and their remarkable 2020 Island Cuvée Méthode Champenoise!
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