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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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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, breezy finish with nuances of lemon marmalade and cream with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish with shades of honeyed kiwi and clementine, yellow apple, and fruit salad with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish with shades of caramelized citrus and carrots and herb toast with no oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish revealing nuances of grassy earth with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 medium body and a smooth, interesting, easy watermelon with balsamic and beet and tomato relish finish with light oak flavor. 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 finish that exhibits shades of orange, pickled lime, and minerals with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, breezy finish that shows notes of lemon, melon, and praline with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish with notes of dreamsicle with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, breezy finish imparting notes of frosted lemon scone and lime-peach sorbet with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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, breezy 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 finish that exhibits nuances of peach custard with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, quick finish with accents of lemon custard pastry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, breezy finish imparting suggestions of mango salsa and chalk with fine tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish conveying notes of lemon sorbet and scone with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, relaxed finish with notes of apple sauce and lime curd tart with soft, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, snappy finish revealing notes of peach yogurt with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, snappy finish with notes of candied apples and lemons and apricot pastry with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish imparting notes of chalk and nougat with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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, brisk lemon drop finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish conveying suggestions of nettles, spiced lemon, grassy herbs, and burnt plastic 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, fleeting apple core, lemon pith, and grass and leaves finish with no oak flavor. A sharp, bracing sparkler that needs food.
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