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January 2016 - All International Sparkling

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

All International Sparkling Reviews

Roland Champion NV Cuvee Aramis Brut Champagne
95 points
$49.99
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
Wolfberger NV Brut Cremant dAlsace
94 points
$21.99
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
Schlumberger NV White Secco Austria
93 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$21.99
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
Roland Champion NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne
93 points
$54
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.
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco DOC
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
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
Carod Freres NV  Muscat
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Schlumberger NV Rosé Secco Burgenland
92 points
$20
Best Buy
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
Rinaldi 2013  Moscato dAsti DOCG
92 points
$22.99
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
Hansen-Lauer 2013 Sekt Riesling Brut Mosel
92 points
$24.99
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
Cortenova NV Spumante Prosecco di Treviso DOC
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Sweet Moscato Italy
91 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Colmant NV Brut Reserve Western Cape
91 points
$28.95
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
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
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
Charles Duret NV Brut Cremant de Bourgogne
90 points
$19.99
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
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Orange Fior dArancio Colli Euganei DOCG
89 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Austria
89 points
$20
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.
Wolfberger NV Rosé Brut Cremant dAlsace
89 points
$21.99
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
Caveau du Mont July NV Bugey Cerdon Savoie
89 points
$23.99
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
Ruggeri 2014 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
$31.99
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
Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Stella Rosa NV  Brachetto dAcqui DOCG
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Rosé Italy
88 points
$15
Best Buy
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
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Rosé Burgenland
88 points
$20
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.
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Gold Austria
88 points
$20
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.
Serre NV Spumanti Dry Colsenta Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
87 points
$24.99
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
Gaudrelle NV Brut Crémant de Loire
86 points
$25
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.
Diama Sparkle NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé Italy
83 points
$16
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.
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