January 2016 - All International Sparkling

This month's Wine feature is All International Sparkling Wines
All International Sparkling Reviews
213484
Roland Champion
NV Cuvee Aramis Brut Champagne
Brilliant pale yellow straw color. Lively, complex aromas of honeyed biscuit, buttery praline, and poached Asian pear with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long creme brulee, white balsamic reduced lemon, spiced nuts and tangerines, and grassy earth and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A layered and vibrant champagne with cascading waves of fresh and mature flavors.
95 points $49.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213487
Wolfberger
NV Brut Cremant d'Alsace
Straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of green apple pastry, peaches in cream, and lemon chiffon with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-long white nuts, lime-pineapple sorbet, and minerals finish with no oak. A refreshing, tangy sparkling wine that will shine at the table.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213540
Schlumberger
NV White Secco Austria
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, tropical toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango pastry, parsley, coconut, and smoky minerality with an even, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length tangerine, nut brittle, molasses cookie, and diesel finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nicely nuanced sparkler with a nice sense of place.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213724
Ruggeri
NV Giall'oro Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
White gold color. Delicate aromas of almond praline, sweet cream, kiwi, and banana custard with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, long spiced apple and melon, sweet citrus, and minerals finish with silky tannins and no oak. A fantastically smooth and flavorful Prosecco with an elegant style.
93 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213483
Roland Champion
NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne
Golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, toasty leesy aromas of honeyed brioche and apple tart with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, snappy lemon curd, nougat, and chalk finish with silky, soft, fruit tannins. A classic example of blanc de blanc champagne, delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213725
Ruggeri
NV Argeo Prosecco DOC
Brilliant silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of honeycomb, spiced melon and apple, and pink peppercorn with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long tangerine, delicate herbs, and pickled kumquat finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious, mouthwatering Prosecco with a savory twist.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213476
Carod Freres
NV Muscat
White gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lychee and peony with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long clementine, Meyer lemons, and honeyed apples finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A zesty and delicious off-dry sparkler.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213539
Schlumberger
NV Rosé Secco Burgenland
Brilliant salmon orange color. Lively, inviting, curious fruity aromas and flavors of berries and peaches in cream, custard, and sweet spices with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length cherry tart finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, appetizing sparkling wine that is sure to be a hit at parties.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213486
Rinaldi
2013 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Bright pale light silvery emerald color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach soda, apple sauce, and pear skin with an even, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length orange sherbet, honeyed apricots, and chalk finish with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak. A light and lively Moscato d’asti.
92 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213485
Hansen-Lauer
2013 Sekt Riesling Brut Mosel
Golden yellow color. Lively, complex aromas of roasted lemons and peaches, vanilla toffee, and grass with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, dried mango and papaya, lemon curd, gravel, and hint of fuel finish with no oak. A richly flavorful and multifaceted sparkler.
92 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213481
Cortenova
NV Spumante Prosecco di Treviso DOC
Pale straw color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted lemons and kiwis, green nectarine, nougat, and grass with a soft, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spiced clementine and delicate herbal honey finish with silky, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, nicely layered Prosecco with an elegant style.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213553
Stella Rosa
NV Sparkling Sweet Moscato Italy
Brilliant light straw color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of peach granita, candied lemon peel, honeyed golden raisins, and vanilla cookie with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long spiced tangerine, orange blossom water, and minerals finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty and lively sweet sparkling wine.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213480
Colmant
NV Brut Reserve Western Cape
Yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy leesy aromas of lemon chiffon, nougat, brioche, and balloon with a body and a smooth, charming, medium-long honeyed lemon and mango and toast finish with no oak. A very zesty, lemony sparkler that will cut through rich foods like a knife.
91 points $28.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213589
Veuve Monsigny
NV Brut Champagne
Yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of brioche and delicate spiced apple and banana with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long lemon chiffon, tart nectarine, cream, and minerals finish. A nice zesty, appetizing champagne that will be quite versatile.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213479
Charles Duret
NV Brut Cremant de Bourgogne
Pale light steely pink color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas of caramel vanilla scone, baked pear and apple, and white strawberry with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long caramelized lemon and lime, chalk, and pickled melon finish. A crisp, dry-yet-fruity, mouthwatering French sparkler.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213552
Stella Rosa
NV Sparkling Moscato Orange Fior d'Arancio Colli Euganei DOCG
Clear light straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed peaches, golden raisins, and orange gelatin with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length orange sorbet finish with no oak. A very tasty sparkling dessert wine reminiscent of a Moscato d’asti.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213536
Schlumberger
2012 Brut Austria
Bright clear medium straw green color. Bright, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat, peaches and cream, and apple custard with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, relaxed roasted lemons and peaches and spiced melon finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, refreshing sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213488
Wolfberger
NV Rosé Brut Cremant d'Alsace
Medium silvery pink color. Bright, interesting, savory aromas of pickled cherries and carrots, vanilla nut brittle, and pomegranate molasses and vinegar with a soft, racy, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy cranberry chutney and spiced lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering, savory rose sparkler that will shine at the table.
89 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213477
Caveau du Mont July
NV Bugey Cerdon Savoie
Reddish amber color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked cherries, mulberries, and geranium with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy cranberry compote, raspberries, chalk, and nutskin finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A crisp, refreshing French sparkler.
89 points $23.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213723
Ruggeri
2014 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
White gold color. Delicate, nutty aromas of nougat, vanilla cream, spiced apple, and nectarine with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long lemon curd, key lime, grassy earth, and chalk finish with fine tannins and no oak. A robustly flavorful Prosecco with an earthy finish.
89 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213549
Stella Rosa
NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
Bright light white gold color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of meringue, kiwi, and mint with an even, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length nectarine skin, lime, and chalk finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice fruity, bright and appetizing Prosecco.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213550
Stella Rosa
NV Brachetto d'Acqui DOCG
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh cut pine and cedar, turmeric, white peppercorn, and mulberry compote with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long black raspberry and cherry jams, herbal tea, and pomegranate molasses finish with no oak. An intriguingly spicy sparkling red dessert wine with lots of foresty, turmeric notes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213551
Stella Rosa
NV Sparkling Moscato Rosé Italy
Pale salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry-pomegranate relish, tropical fruit custard, and honeyed herbs with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length lemon-orange sorbet and cherry cough drop finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, lightly herbal fruity sweet sparker.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213537
Schlumberger
2012 Brut Rosé Burgenland
Pale steely pink color. Bright, creamy aromas and flavors of lime chiffon, peach gelato, and strawberries in cream with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy citrus, melon, and mocha praline finish with leafy, fruit tannins. A nice, drier styled, adult sparkling rose.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213538
Schlumberger
2012 Brut Gold Austria
Pale emerald straw color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of peanut brittle and lime custard tart with an even, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, relaxed honeyed tangerine and ripe nectarine finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty, very fruity crowd pleasing sparkling wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213532
Serre
NV Spumanti Dry Colsenta Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Bright light bright gold color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of painted wood, nectarine pits, roasted squash and turnips, and balloon with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length yellow apple, nutskin, and chalk finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting savory Prosecco for the table.
87 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213482
Gaudrelle
NV Brut Crémant de Loire
Brilliant white gold color. Toasty, savory aromas of spinach mushroom tartlet and latte with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length caramel baked apple and peach, mocha cream, and almond nougat finish. A smooth and creamy sparkler that will make a lovely brunch sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213548
Diama Sparkle
NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé Italy
Pale light salmon orange color. Delicate, fruity, spicy earthy aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and watermelon rind, vanilla nuts, and dried flowers with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, breezy yeasty lemon pastry, mossy earth, and parchment finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy sparkling wine for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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