Grapes: Cayuga, Vidal
Style: Extra Sec
Vintage: NV (Batch 1, current label shown)
Appearance: Very pale gold with bubbles that won’t quit.
Nose: Very light and dry. Golden Delicious apples, white grapefruit.
On the palate: Dry and clean. Crisp apple and grapefruit, as above. A bit of limestone and chalk.
Finish: More mineral notes and a slighl tang. Apple, underripe pear, white peach.
Parting words: Do one thing and do it well is an official motto of Leenlenau’s L. Mawby winery. They do nothing but sparkling wines. The L. Mawby label is used for their estate, methode champenoise wines and M. Lawrence is used for non-estate wines made with the cuve close method. The Mawby wines all have fairly staid names. The M. Lawrence line has attention-grabbing names like Fizz, Wet, Sex, Detroit, and of course, Green.
Nothing green about Green. It’s a crisp, clean, off-dry sparkler with a French accent. If I had not visited the website I would never have guessed that Cayuga and Vidal grapes were used in the production of Green. There is not a fox in sight.
Green works best on its own or as an aperitif. It might even work with mild fish, chicken or mildly seasoned pork. Green is recommended.