A long anticipated small-lot sparkling, our 2008 Extra Late Disgorged (XLD) is a stellar example of the nuance and complexity that can develop in the bottle when provided time and patience. Delicate aromatics akin to honeycomb, baked apple and spiced fruit chutney on the introduction develop into notes of fresh sourdough and toasted almond. There is lift and fullness on the palate, with hints of mandarin, black truffle and dried quince that contrast with more dominant notes of praline, sea spray and slate. The creamy mousse lends mid-palate richness that is countered by a crisp, lingering finish and defies the expectations of the low 3g/L dosage. Each taste delivers a delicate, thought-provoking experience, showcasing the flourishing golden years in the long life of a meticulously produced Russian River Valley sparkling wine.