Cipes Traditional Cuvee 1996

Pure opulence. Incredible depth and complexity from extended bottle aging.

Cipes Traditional Cuvee 1996
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Produced in the traditional method from the traditional grapes Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, grown organically at Summerhill Estate Vineyard. These grapes were carefully selected with long a long sur lie bottle aging period envisioned. Our estate vines are situated in the North Okanagan on ancient, limestone-rich lake bottom silt soil especially suited to growing grapes for traditional method sparkling wine. This bottling is a testament to the unique and outstanding growing conditions of the site. 

Extended en tirage aging for 18 years gave this vibrant wine time to mellow and harmonize. In the meantime it has become rich, mature and delicious while maintaining its freshness.

Intense aromas of honeyed yellow apple, caramel, toasted nuts and earthy umami. Enjoy incredible depth and feeling in every sip with flavours of marmalade, ginger, and key lime pie. Seashell minerality, ultra-creamy mousse, and mouthwatering acidity refresh the palate. This wine has layers of complexity that can only be come from 20+ years of bottle development.

Sweetness code: 1

Wine Profile
Food Pairing Notes
Delightful on it’s own, or with rich complex foods like bone marrow, mushroom terrine, and roasted bone marrow–or with something as simple as French fries!
Other Notes
Silver "Outstanding" Medal - 2016 International Wine & Spirit Competition, London, England
Wine Specs
Okanagan Valley
9.0 g/L
Residual Sugar
19.5 g/L
Alcohol %

Product Reviews

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Gordon Richens
(Dec 10, 2019 at 7:22 AM)
Had a bottle at the Sunset Organic Bistro and promptly packed two more back to our home in the Cayman Islands. Just opened the second with friends on Grand Cayman. The two bottles were very consistent: Rich, gold colour with good effervescence. Spice, ginger aromas changing in the glass. Not as sweet as suggested by the 19.5 g. residual sugar (good!). Love it - would buy more without hesitation.

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