January 2016 - US Sparkling Wine

This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines
US Sparkling Wine Reviews
213578
R. Stuart
NV "Rosé d'Or" Oregon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213415
Rack & Riddle
NV Blanc de Blancs North Coast
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213370
Breathless
NV Brut North Coast
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213648
Westport Rivers
2006 Brut Blanc de Noirs Massachusetts
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213554
Sparkling Pointe
NV Brut North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213714
JFJ
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213663
Rooster Hill
NV "Bubbly Bantam" Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213470
La Marca
NV Prosecco DOC
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213416
Rack & Riddle
NV Sparkling Rosé North Coast
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213557
Sparkling Pointe
NV "Cuvée Carnaval" North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213371
Breathless
NV Blanc de Noirs Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213646
Westport Rivers
2007 Brut Cuvée "RJR" Massachusetts
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213555
Sparkling Pointe
NV "Topaz Imperial" North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213435
Byington
2013 Sparkling Rosé Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213462
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Extra Dry California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213463
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Brut Cuvee California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213464
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213715
JFJ
NV Extra Dry California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213514
Chiare
2014 Blanc de Blanc Monterey County
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213647
Westport Rivers
2014 "Farmers Fizz" Rosé Massachusetts
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213649
Westport Rivers
2001 Brut Blanc de Blancs Massachusetts
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213709
Crane Lake
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213710
Domaine Laurier
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213574
Monte De Oro
2014 "Bolle de Oro" Temecula Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213708
Coastal Vines
NV Brut Cuvée California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213716
Salmon Creek
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213469
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213707
Blanc de Bleu
NV Brut "Cuvee Mousseaux" California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213711
Grove Ridge
NV Cuvée Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213712
Hacienda
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213556
Sparkling Pointe
2006 Brut "Seduction" North Fork of Long Island
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213580
R. Stuart
NV "Bubbly" Oregon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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