August 2015 - US Sparkling Wines

This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines
US Sparkling Wines Reviews
211352
Glenora
2006 Brut Finger Lakes
Golden straw color. Toasty aromas of baked peaches and pineapples, apple tart, and delicate spices with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length lemon curd and minerals finish with no oak. A zesty and flavorful sparkling wine with a lot of rich character.
91 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211135
Barefoot
NV Red Moscato California
Bright ruby garnet color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of spiced cherries, watermelon sorbet, and orange blossoms with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length blood oranges finish with fruit tannins. A fun and flavorful packed off-dry red sparkler.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211138
Barefoot
NV Extra Dry California
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach-mango relish, nougat, and melon with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length watermelon ice and yellow apple finish with no oak. A lively and mouthwatering fruity sparkler that is sure to please.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211143
Barefoot
NV Tropical Fusion California
Silvery straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of pineapple marmalade and strawberry-melon gelato with a supple, lively, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, compelling, medium-length finish with fine tannins and no oak. A very tasty and crowd-pleasing off-dry sparkler.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211398
Elk Run
2011 Method Champenoise Chardonnay
Straw green color. Bright, toasty, tropical aromas of coconut cream pie and mango gelato with a tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, appealing, medium-length lemon tart, nougat, melon, and baking spices finish with no oak. A very nice, tangy, earthy sparkler with a savory, mouthwatering appeal.
89 points $30.28
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211144
Barefoot
NV Peach Fusion California
Bright pale straw green color. Fruity, floral waxy aromas of dried pineapple chips, dried banana, grape gummy bears, and paraffin with a soft, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-full body and a polished, complex, medium-long finish with fruit tannins.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211139
Barefoot
NV Brut Cuvee California
Emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of honeydew and spiced pear with a supple, tangy, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp lime sorbet, green apple skin, and marinated carrot finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice tangy, savory sparkler that will pair nicely.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211136
Barefoot
NV Pink Moscato California
Brilliant pink coral color. Sweet, fruity floral aromas of spiced peaches and apples, melon sorbet, and white blossoms with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a breezy apple sauce, lemon sherbet, and fruit salad finish with no tannins and no oak. A nice, floral off-dry sparkler.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211196
Westport
2012 "Going Coastal" Gewurztraminer
Straw color. Bright, fruity, floral toasty aromas of mango berry cobbler and spiced peach with a silky, crisp, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy delicate sweet spice and apple finish with crunchy tannins and no oak. A fun, tasty light sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211224
Fancy Pants
NV Prosecco
Bright pale light straw green color. Lively, fruity, floral earthy aromas of green apple skin, dried fruit - peaches, honeysuckle, and gravel with a lively, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211223
Sutter Home
NV Bubbly Brut California
Bright light yellow straw color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of spiced peaches and lemon custard pie with a lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length apple sauce, pear, and apricot finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, snappy, carefree sipper that tastes like a nice fruit cocktail.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211146
La Marca
NV Prosecco Veneto IGT
Bright pale light emerald straw color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of peach skin & pits, lemon curd, white flowers, and key lime custard with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211401
ONEHOPE
NV Sparkling Brut California
Pale bright silvery emerald straw color. Lively, sweet, fruity aromas of peach sorbet and key lime pie with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a polished, relaxed green apple and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing, easy drinking fruity sparkler for the deck.
87 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211142
Barefoot
NV Citrus Fusion California
Silvery emerald straw color. Rich, fruity, sweet aromas of apricot jam and orange sherbet with a silky, lively, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed tropical fruit punch and nutskin finish. A fun, fruity sweet sparkler with a nice tropical twist.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211226
Avissi
NV Prosecco
Bright pale light straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of lemon and earth with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light body and a tingling, captivating, relaxed honeyed peach and delicate spice finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211227
Ménage à Trois
NV Prosecco
Bright clear pale yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas of apples, dried fruit, and gravel with an crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, brisk finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211137
Barefoot
NV Moscato Spumante California
Bright clear light golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of green apples, currant leaves, white flowers, and apricot pits with a soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, short finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211140
Barefoot
NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio California
Bright clear pale straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of honey crisp apples, cantaloupe, banana skin, and sassafras and cream with an soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, short finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211225
Fancy Pants
NV Sparkling Rose Italy
Bright medium pink coral color. Bright, fruity aromas of apples and berries with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length blood orange, minerals, and nutskin finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant fruity sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211145
Barefoot
NV Prosecco
Clear bright pale emerald straw color. Bright, fruity aromas of ripe peaches, lemon curd, and turned earth with a tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, short finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211141
Barefoot
NV Berry Fusion California
Bright medium ruby garnet color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of blackcurrants, red flowers, and blueberry with an bright, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, breezy finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Refreshing, rounded easy flavors.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211094
Blanc de Bleu
NV Brut Cuvee Mousseux California
Bright pale neon blue color. Delicate, confected, floral aromas of fruit punch, circus peanuts, and blossoms with an even, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, breezy lime curd finish with fruit tannins and no oak. Blue bubbly, different and fun.
84 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211106
Casa Larga
2007 Blanc de Blanc Chardonnay
Emerald straw color. Lively, earthy, rustic aromas of crushed nuts, brewer’s yeast, and dried lemon with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, fast lime, grassy earth, and guava finish. A tart, dry, earthy sparkler.
84 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211117
Heritage
2013 Dry Rose Outer Coastal Plain
Salmon orange color. Bright, smoky aromas of grilled cherries and berries with a crisp, petillant, light body and a smooth, sparse melon rind and cherry pit finish with chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A dry, smoky, earthy rose.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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