August 2015 - All International Sparkling

This month's Wine feature is All International Sparkling Wines
All International Sparkling Reviews
211333
Armand de Brignac
NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211332
Armand de Brignac
NV Brut Rose Champagne
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211331
Armand de Brignac
NV Brut Champagne
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211318
Cupcake
2014 Moscato d'Asti
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211100
Gran Codorníu
NV Reserva Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211234
Ambo Secco
NV Rose de Noir Brut Metodo Classico
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211192
Howard Park
2010 Grand Jete Chardonnnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211101
Gran Codorníu
2012 Reserva Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211322
Ruggeri
NV Argeo Prosecco Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211405
Le Grand Courtage
NV Grande Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211320
Ruggeri
2013 Giustino B. Prosecco Superiore DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211078
Battle Axe
NV Sparkling Shiraz
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211099
Anna de Codorníu
NV Brut Rose Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211406
Le Grand Courtage
NV Brut Rose France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211214
Cruzat
NV "Nature" Uco Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211317
Cupcake
NV Prosecco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211098
Anna de Codorníu
NV Brut Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211235
Ambo Secco
NV Prosecco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211321
Ruggeri
NV Giall'oro Prosecco Superiore DOCG Prosecco di Valdobbiadene
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211233
Ambo Secco
NV Blanc de Blanc Brut Metodo Classico
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211037
Hoya de Cadenas
NV Cava Brut Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211191
Howard Park
NV Jete Brut Blanc Mount Barker
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211169
Johnson Estate
2013 Estate Grown Traminette
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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