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Carl Ehrhard 2014 Pinot Sekt Brut 12.5% $25

This pale, baby aspirin pink bubbly is my choice for refreshment while wrapping up last minute Christmas presents. And, I’ll be honest. Even if some of the purchases were made months ago, the wrapping is all last minute.

This unusual, 100% Pinot Noir Sekt has fine and dainty bubbles. In fact, they are so fine and the wine is so vinous that I chose to sip the wine from a white wine glass rather than a flute. Its aromas and flavors merge, ranging from spring flowers and white peaches to star fruit and flint. Medium in body, especially for a sparkling wine, this wine’s pleasant weight makes it an easy-to-please bottling. The finish is modest, so drink up in its youth, now through 2016.