Discovering that a winery I follow has created something new is always exciting. Kessler-Haak Vineyard and Wines has some new, wonderful additions to its portfolio of wines. Specifically, they have added sparkling wines, and these sparklers are the perfect wine to enjoy a bit of romance with your spouse or lover on Valentine’s Day.
Kessler Haak has two sparkling wines: the 2012 Kessler-Haak Estate Grown Sparkling Brut and the 2012 Kessler-Haak Estate Grown Sparkling Brut Rosé. Both are excellent choices to celebrate with your loved one.
Sparkling Wine Musical Tribute
In addition, each sparkler has a special limited edition bottling, paying tribute to owner Ellen Haak Kessler’s uncle, jazz musician Allen Houser. In this unique promotion, each purchase of the wines includes a CD. The 2012 Kessler-Haak “Straight Ahead” Estate Grown Sparkling Brut features Houser’s “Straight Ahead and Strive for Tone.”.
The 2012 Kessler-Haak “No Samba” Estate Grown Sparkling Brut Rosé is paired with Houser’s CD “No Samba.”. These special edition sparkling wines will make your Valentine’s Day a real treat, especially for those who are musically inspired.
Although I liked both sparkling wines, the Brut captured my fancy. I found a very sophisticated yet subtle sparkling wine with the most gorgeous pearl color. I almost felt like I was looking at a liquid form of opal.
The wine was crisp with flavors of pear and almond. It combines 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay. 30% of the wine was held in the barrel, receiving 100% Malolactic fermentation. Secondary fermentation took place by the Méthode Champenoise with a ten-month tirage. The wine then received a dosage and disgorged in November of 2012.
The Brut Rosé is very forward and in-your-face sparkling wine. It is dry yet sweet on the finish, with notes of cherries and apricots. It consists of 100% Pinot Noir, and like the Brut, the secondary fermentation was via the Méthode Champenoise with a ten-month tirage, a dosage, and disgorged in November 2012.
Sparkling Wine Artwork
I found myself intrigued by the artwork created by Peter Holbrook for the special edition wines., The label sports a colorful depiction of a jazz musician playing a horn, with notes sprawling from the horn across the label as if they seemed to represent notes of flavors detected in the wines.
The “No Samba” CD’s label features the same image of the jazz musician but in black and white. The “Straight Ahead and Strive for Tone” CD has a more pastoral label.
Both wines are superb, and kudos go to winemaker Dan Kessler for taking the giant step of adding these two fabulous sparkling wines to his repertoire.
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Note: Common to the wine industry, this writer received a hosted winetasting with Kessler-Haak Vineyard. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.