Raise the Roof Sparkling Mead
Enlightenment Wine Raise the Roof Sparkling Mead (12.5% alcohol by volume) is spontaneously fermented in oak barrels with wild yeast and lactic bacteria and brewed with raw New York apple blossom honey and artisinal well water. Pulling the cork releases a tart smell detectable from over an arm's length away. Closer up brings honey and a hint of vanilla. The mead starts with a pure white champagne-like It is brilliant gold from the center to the rim with good reflectance and a well defined meniscus. As you drink it reveals outrageously long, well formed legs. The mead is crisp and dry with lemonade level tartness softened by a light honey sweetness, some fruit, a dab of vanilla and a mild funk. As it warms more honey and fruit flavors emerge. The oak comes out at the finish with a light astringent note near the front of the throat. The body is light with medium carbonation. While lactic and assertive the tartness is not harsh and is tamed by the honey, alcohol, vanilla and the oak. The alcohol is smooth and not hot or harsh. I am enjoying Enlightenment Wine Raise the Roof Sparkling Mead immensely with a half dozen Arcadia Oysters from Puget Sound's Hammersley Inlet. The pairing is excellent and the oyster and mead bring out each other's flavors. Read the review here. I rate the mead 90.