2009 Bouké Perlant
New York State
A lightly effervescent wine made from a trio of Pinot grapes—Pinot Gris (43%), Pinot Blanc (42%) and Pinot Noir (15%). Closure: screwcap.
With its pearlescent quality, this lightly spritzy wine offers delightful aromas of peach, pears, citrus, white cherries and hazelnuts. Light-bodied, dry, crisp and vivacious, this wine has a delicious taste and delicate pearls.
We took advantage of an excellent source of Pinot Gris from the Finger Lakes, which we blended with our usual superb source of North Fork of Long Island Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Although the 2009 growing season was cooler and rainier than in 2008, we sourced grapes with beautiful aromas and refreshing acidity. The three grape varietals integrate well and are close relatives—Pinot Blanc is a mutation of Pinot Gris, which is a mutation of Pinot Noir.
Perlant, also called pearl wine, frizzantino or perlwein, is the softest of all sparkling wines, with more delicate bubbles than Pétillant, Mousseux or Crémant or Champagne. The tiny pearls, the wine’s natural effervescence, spring from its alcoholic and malolactic fermentations. We tasted some lovely Perlant from Gaillac in Southwest France and Vinho Verde from Portugal, and created our own wine with a delicious blend of locally-grown grapes. \n\nAlc.: 12.5%, pH: 3.47, TA: 5.33, RS: < 0.1%
Delightful as an aperitif or a Sunday brunch, Bouké Perlant is an elegant accompaniment to hors d’oeuvres, salads and seafood, or as the base of a mixed cocktail. It’s also lovely with goat and sheep cheese as well as desserts —lemon meringue pie, vanilla pudding, rice pudding or ladyfingers. A great wine poolside, at the beach or at your romantic sunset gathering!