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January 2016 - US Sparkling Wine

January 2016 - US Sparkling Wine
This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines

US Sparkling Wine Reviews

R. Stuart NV "Rosé dOr" Oregon
93 points
$35
Steely orange color. Bright, interesting, fruity toasty aromas of banana nut muffin, orange blossom honey on biscuits, and oat cereal with strawberries and milk with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, involved, medium-long creamy nougat, reduced tangerine, minerals, and earth finish with silky, fine, fruit tannins. An elegant, vibrant and nuanced brut rose with lots of pairing and sharing possibilities.
Rack & Riddle NV Blanc de Blancs North Coast
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Clear yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of apple custard tart, peach gelato, and nut oil with a supple, racy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a polished, complex, long lime and lemon curd, nougat, and minerals finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and lively sparkler that is sure to please.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Breathless NV Brut North Coast
92 points
$25
Pale amber salmon color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peach, lemon marmalade, and honeyed toast with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, captivating, medium-length kiwi, honeyed lemon, and gold raspberry finish with fine, fruit tannins. A zesty, refreshing sparkler that will be quite versatile.
Westport Rivers 2006 Brut Blanc de Noirs Massachusetts
92 points
$34.99
Light amber orange color. Delicate, fruity, creamy toasty aromas of apple bread pudding, lemon marmalade on brioche, butter roasted nuts, and cheese rind with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long lemon spritzed apricots, bloody orange sorbet, pickled melon and green apple, and spiced nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and no oak. A tangy, mouthwatering sparkler that will be great at the table.
92 points $34.99
Sparkling Pointe NV Brut North Fork of Long Island
89 points
$29
Bright medium golden straw color. Bright, fresh, fruity aromas and flavors of apple and muffin with an even, lively, fizzy, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, crisp lemon marmalade and cream finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, tangy, mouthwatering sparkler.
JFJ NV Brut California
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of apple blossoms, pear custard, bread pudding, and bubblegum with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length honeyed kiwi and clementine, yellow apple, and fruit salad finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very attractive and easy-drinking bubbly that is sure to please at parties.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Rooster Hill NV "Bubbly Bantam" Finger Lakes
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of peaches, ripe apples, and honey with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length caramelized citrus and carrots and herb toast finish with no oak. A crisp, fruity sparkler that will pair well with spicy foods.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
La Marca NV  Prosecco DOC
88 points
$17
Bright light emerald straw color. Bright, creamy aromas and flavors of meringue, praline, and peach yogurt with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length finish with silky, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid Prosecco for all occasions.
Rack & Riddle NV Sparkling Rosé North Coast
88 points
$22
Steely pink color. Delicate, fruity aromas of peach yogurt, sour cream, lemon and balsamic on berries, and pickled melon with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, long spiced green apple, blood orange, and nougat finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nice fruity and savory sparkling rose.
Sparkling Pointe NV "Cuvée Carnaval" North Fork of Long Island
88 points
$29
Bright pale straw color. Bright, funky, rubbery aromas of rubber leaf and sap, dried flowers, white mulberries, and fancy scented soap with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, medium-length over-spiced peaches, creamy nougat, and mint and tomato leaves finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very spicy and herbaceous sparkler for the table.
Breathless NV Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir
88 points
$30
Pale silvery amber color. Delicate aromas of cheese rind, fig, pear and apple, and nougat with a supple, tart, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy white strawberry, Meyer lemon, and mint cream finish with soft, crunchy tannins and no oak. A savory, appetizing sparkler for the table.
Westport Rivers 2007 Brut Cuvée "RJR" Massachusetts
88 points
$34.99
Gold color. Bright, baked, fruity aromas of apricot yogurt, peach cobbler, nut brittle, and coconut candle wax with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length butter roasted walnuts, dried peaches, lemon meringue, and minerals finish. A nice mature bubbly that will be good with desserts and cheeses.
88 points $34.99
Sparkling Pointe NV "Topaz Imperial" North Fork of Long Island
88 points
$37
Light silvery amber color. Bright, creamy, earthy aromas and flavors of creme fraiche, dried peach, cherries, and strawberry, sourdough roll, and dried flowers with an even, racy, fizzy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length grassy earth finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy, slightly funky rose sparkler that will excel with aromatic cheeses.
Byington 2013 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
87 points
$39
Medium topaz color. Delicate, fruity, toasty aromas of strawberry apple, and cherry tarts and praline with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish body and a smooth, interesting, breezy watermelon with balsamic and beet and tomato relish finish with light oak. A very nice, dry and savory rose sparkler that will be great with food.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright straw green color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of frosted apple and peach danishes and lemon curd with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length orange, pickled lime, and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very clean, fruity and fun easy-drinking sparkler.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvee California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright medium silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced kiwis and apples and pudding with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, relaxed lemon, melon, and praline finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp, mouthwatering dry-yet-fruity sparkler.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Bright, creamy, citrusy aromas and flavors of key lime pie and orange chiffon with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long dreamsicle finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very fruity, crowd pleasing sparkling wine.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
JFJ NV Extra Dry California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of apple bread pudding and cucumber skin with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, relaxed frosted lemon scone and lime-peach sorbet finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant and fruity sparkler for festive celebrations.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Chiare 2014 Blanc de Blanc Monterey County
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of peach sorbet, lemon blossoms, and tropical bubblegum with a supple, crisp, frothy, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lime custard and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright, fruity, zesty sparkler with nice floral notes.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Westport Rivers 2014 "Farmers Fizz" Rosé Massachusetts
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Dark steely pink color. Delicate, creamy aromas of nut brittle, sour cherries and mulberries, lime meringue, and clay with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, easy cranberry granita, honeyed lemon, and earth finish with fine, fruit tannins. A racy bubbly for the table.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Westport Rivers 2001 Brut Blanc de Blancs Massachusetts
86 points
$45.99
Gold color. Exotic, herbal leesy aromas of herbed ciabatta, sautéed peaches and citrus, and buttercream with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length sherried almonds, toast, and dried citrus finish. A very mature, nutty sparkler with lots of tertiary sherried notes for the table.
86 points $45.99
Crane Lake NV Brut California
85 points
$9.99
Bright pale silvery straw color. Mild, citrusy aromas and flavors of key lime pie, melon, and cream cheese with a silky, tangy, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, breezy peach custard finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, fruity sparkling wine that is sure to please.
85 points $9.99
Domaine Laurier NV Brut California
85 points
$12.99
Bright light straw color. Bright, fruity, citrusy aromas and flavors of dried peach and raisin toast with an even, crisp, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, rapid lemon custard pastry finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A pleasant easy drinking sparkler.
85 points $12.99
Monte De Oro 2014 "Bolle de Oro" Temecula Valley
85 points
$20
Bright light silvery straw color. Bright, tropical aromas and flavors of passionfruit and guava nectars with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, easy mango salsa and chalk finish with fine tannins and no oak. A fun tropical sparkler.
Coastal Vines NV Brut Cuvée California
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Bright medium yellow straw color. Bright, baked aromas and flavors of baked peach and lemon, creme brulee, and nougat with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, breezy lemon sorbet and scone finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A crisp and easy, fruity sparkler.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Salmon Creek NV Brut California
84 points
$6.99
Best Buy
Brilliant light gold color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of peach granola and cream with a supple, soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, cheery apple sauce and lime curd tart finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A mellow, juicy, easy drinking sparkler.
84 points $6.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
84 points
$9.99
Bright light silvery straw color. Bright, curious aromas and flavors of rubber and linen, vanilla yogurt nuts, orange sorbet, and grilled peach and lemon with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy peach yogurt finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A fruity, rustic Prosecco.
84 points $9.99
Blanc de Bleu NV Brut "Cuvee Mousseaux" California
84 points
$19.99
Electric neon blue color. Bright, confected aromas and flavors of watermelon candy and bubblegum ice cream with a soft, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, cheery candied apples and lemons and apricot pastry finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty blue bubbly.
84 points $19.99
Grove Ridge NV Cuvée Brut California
83 points
$11.99
Bright light silvery emerald straw color. Delicate, fruity, grassy aromas and flavors of lime Pez candy, lemon yogurt, citrus pith, and sour cream with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk chalk and nougat finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A creamy, zesty, earthy bubbly.
83 points $11.99
Hacienda NV Brut California
83 points
$11.99
Straw green color. Bright, curious aromas of light molasses cookie, Turkish figs, dried citrus, and cereal with a soft, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift lemon drop finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A solid toasting sparkler.
83 points $11.99
Sparkling Pointe 2006 Brut "Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
81 points
$72
Brilliant golden yellow color. Toasty, rubbery aromas and flavors of baked peaches and apples, candle wax, and spiced toasted nuts with an even, racy, fizzy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, fast nettles, spiced lemon, grassy herbs, and burnt plastic finish with fruit tannins.
R. Stuart NV "Bubbly" Oregon
80 points
$28
Brilliant pale silvery pink color. Delicate, earthy, rustic aromas of farmhouse apple cider, yeast, and waxy candy with a lean, petillant, dry thin body and a tingling, odd, brief apple core, lemon pith, and grass and leaves finish with no oak. A sharp, bracing sparkler that needs food.
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