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August 2015 - All International Sparkling

August 2015 - All International Sparkling
This month's Wine feature is All International Sparkling Wines

All International Sparkling Reviews

Armand de Brignac NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
96 points
$599.99
Bright pale yellow straw color. Bright, attractive, toasty aromas of spicy pineapple-peach tart and lemon curd with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, long orange sorbet, lemon scone, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An elegantly balanced and flavorful blanc de blanc.
96 points $599.99
Armand de Brignac NV Brut Rose Champagne
95 points
$449.99
Bright medium pale orange salmon color. Bright, fruity aromas of peach-pineapple tart and spiced apples with a soft, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, long lemon, blood orange, and delicate spices finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious vibrant Rose Champagne.
95 points $449.99
Armand de Brignac NV Brut Champagne
94 points
$299.99
Bright pale straw green color. Delicate, toasty, minerally aromas of lemon curd, fresh brioche, and earth with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-long citrus, delicate spice, sweet cream, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A rock solid Champagne.
94 points $299.99
Cupcake 2014  Moscato dAsti
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of citrus sorbet, peonies, and nectarine with a silky, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long peaches, honey, and cream finish. A sensationally zesty and delicious Moscato d’Asti that is sure to please.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Gran Codorníu NV Reserva Chardonnay
91 points
$20
Brilliant yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of dried peach and lemon and delicate spice with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an intriguing, medium-length green apple skin, Meyer lemon, caperberry, and chalk finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty, mouthwatering, richly flavorful and savory cava that will be great with food.
Ambo Secco NV Rose de Noir Brut Metodo Classico
90 points
$24.99
Salmon orange color. Delicate, toasty, nutty aromas of nut brittle and dried peach and mango with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long beet, blood orange and pomelo, straw, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nicely layered and appetizing savory sparkler that will shine at the table.
90 points $24.99
Howard Park 2010 Grand Jete Chardonnnay
90 points
$40
Bright golden straw color. Bright, attractive aromas of apple pie, pineapple, and nougat with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length lemon, honeyed green apples, and minerals finish with fruit tannins. A clean, attractive, well balanced sparkler.
Gran Codorníu 2012 Reserva Pinot Noir
89 points
$20
Coral orange color. Delicate, fruity aromas of cherries, flowers, creamy nougat, and rubber with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, crisp lime zest, apple, nutskin, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very good dry rose cava with a nice sense of place.
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
88 points
$15.99
Bright pale light yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas of ripe peaches, light green herbal note, butter cream, and turned earth with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $15.99
Le Grand Courtage NV Grande Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut France
88 points
$19.99
Bright light yellow straw color. Mild, fruity, herbal aromas of lemon herb muffin and eucalyptus honey with an even, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, cheery apple, lime cream, and minerals finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, carefree sparkler.
88 points $19.99
Ruggeri 2013 Giustino B. Prosecco Superiore DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
88 points
$31.99
Bright pale light color. Delicate, earthy, fruity aromas of stone fruit, green hay, peach pit, and turned earth a hint of cream with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, elegant, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
88 points $31.99
Battle Axe NV Sparkling Shiraz
88 points
$33
Dusty ruby color. Delicate, fruity, meaty aromas of roasted beets, jerky, and honeyed apples with a supple, crisp, petillant, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long black raspberries, spiced melon, and cocoa finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A zesty red sparkler with a lot of charisma.
Anna de Codorníu NV Brut Rose Cava
87 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright medium light siam color. Earthy, fruity floral aromas of cherry-berry, powdered koolaid, dried red flowers, and gravel with a lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, medium-length finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Le Grand Courtage NV Brut Rose France
87 points
$19.99
Bright medium salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas of citrus and berries with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length minerals, melon, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant, easy drinking sparkler.
87 points $19.99
Cruzat NV "Nature" Uco Valley
87 points
$22.99
Bright medium clear golden straw color. Bright, attractive, toasty aromas of lemon chiffon and pineapple cake with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length melon rind, apple skin, and earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A breezy, carefree sipper.
87 points $22.99
Cupcake NV  Prosecco
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Bright pale silvery emerald straw color. Fruity aromas of green nectarine, cream, and clay with a lean, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, engaging, cheery finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Anna de Codorníu NV Brut Cava
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright medium bright gold color. Lively, earthy, fruity aromas of lemon zest, peach pits, parchment, and turned earth with an lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Ambo Secco NV  Prosecco
86 points
$18.99
Bright pale light yellow straw color. Delicate, earthy, fruity rustic aromas of green peaches, dried twigs, butter cream, and turned earth with a bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, complex, medium-long finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $18.99
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Prosecco Superiore DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
86 points
$21.99
Bright clear pale light straw color. Bright, floral, fruity aromas of green nectarine, dried straw, clarified butter, and turned earth with an lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with no oak.
86 points $21.99
Ambo Secco NV Blanc de Blanc Brut Metodo Classico
86 points
$24.99
Yellow straw color. Delicate aromas of nougat, citrus, and cream with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk lime ice, straw, and earth finish. A zippy sparkling wine that’s easy.
86 points $24.99
Hoya de Cadenas NV Cava Brut Cava
85 points
$10.99
Bright light yellow straw color. Earthy, fruity aromas of roasted apple, toast, root vegetables, and parchment with a lean, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak.
85 points $10.99
Howard Park NV Jete Brut Blanc Mount Barker
85 points
$34
Bright pale light yellow straw color. Bright, toasty aromas of pineapple cake and praline with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, breezy reduced lemon, earth, melon rind, and dolmades finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Johnson Estate 2013 Estate Grown Sparkling Traminette
84 points
$18.99
Bright pale light emerald straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of lemon-orange marmalade, herbal honey, tropical fruits, and dried lavender with an even, lively, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, engaging, fast whole apple, lemon ice, melon, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant fruity sparkler with interesting floral herbal notes.
84 points $18.99
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