June 2016 - International Sparkling

This month's Wine feature is International Sparkling Wines
International Sparkling Reviews
215568
Cupcake
2015 Moscato d'Asti DOCG
Pale yellow straw color. Delicate aromas and flavors of soda bread, yellow apple, and nectarine with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed peach, spiced apples, lemon sorbet, and minerals finish with no oak. A pure and delicious Moscato d’Asti with nice dimension and balance.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215424
Stella Rosa
NV Rosé Moscato
Silvery pink color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cranberries and cherries, melon sorbet, and hint of herbs with an lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, nuanced, long honeyed apple, orange sherbet, minerals, and spiced blueberry finish with no oak. A great sparkling moscato with lots of spicy, herbal complexity; try in cocktails.
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215498
Fantini
NV Gran Cuvee Rosé Vino Spumante Brut Basilicata
Steely pink color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas and flavors of strawberry shortbread and honeyed sour cherries with an vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-long orange, apple, and spiced melon finish with no oak. A rich, racy, mouthwatering sparkling wine with great table appeal.
92 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215638
Carletto
NV Prosecco DOC
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, yeasty aromas of soda raisin bread, lemon yogurt, and green pear with a soft, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length limeade, green apple, and chalk finish with fruit, earthy tannins and no oak. A zesty, refreshing Prosecco with great fruit and structure.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215465
Gran Codorníu
NV Reserva Chardonnay Cava
Bright golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, toasty interesting aromas and flavors of coconut macaroon, baked mango, spiced Asian pear, and dried banana with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, snappy reduced lemon and orange and hint of herbs finish with no oak. A robust, savory cava that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215306
The View
2014 Distraction Frizzante British Columbia
Bright reddish amber color. Lively, fruity, toasty spicy aromas of spiced berries - cherries, pressed linen, dried flowers, and lychees with a lively, finely carbonated, fruity full body and an effortless, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. A number of interesting flavors nicely integrated into a refreshing, harmonious wine; good length and balance.
91 points $23.05
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215653
Zonte’s Footstep
NV Bolle Felici "Prosecco" McLaren Vale
Silvery emerald straw color. Bright, fresh, inviting aromas and flavors of peaches and apples in cream and tapioca with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long blood orange, lemon grass, and honey finish with no oak. A fun, flavorful, very balanced Prosecco-like sparkling wine that is an easy pleasure.
90 points $14.28 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215464
Anna de Codorníu
NV Brut Rosé Cava
Light pink color. Bright, funky aromas and flavors of cranberry-raspberry relish and honeyed granola with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long blood orange, pistachio nougat, strawberries, and edible flowers finish. A deliciously fruity and appetizing rosé sparkler.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215544
Magnotta
NV Blanc de Noirs VQA Sparkling Rose Niagara Peninsula
Coral orange color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of strawberry pastry, toasted meringue, and delicate spice with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long sweet cream and nougat finish with no oak. A fruity and nicely balanced rose sparkler with lots of finesse.
90 points $19.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215497
Fantini
NV Gran Cuvée Bianco Abruzzo
Light medium bright gold color. Lively, fruity, floral clean aromas of pressed flowers, candied lemon drops, yellow stone fruits, and sage with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. Very delicate flavors are harmoniously integrated.
90 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215651
Mr. Riggs
NV Battle Axe Sparkling Shiraz
Bright medium dark garnet black color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry jam on toast with an even, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, subtle, breezy plum, ripe dark berries, and earth finish with earthy, cottony tannins and no oak. A great sparkling shiraz that will shine with BBQ.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215526
Jaillance
NV "Cuvee de L'Abbaye" Brut Rose Bordeaux
Light silvery pink coral color. Delicate, earthy aromas and flavors of wild strawberries and white mulberries, sautéed almonds, and earth with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length sour cherry, herbal honey, and chalk finish. A vibrant sparkler with mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215422
Stella Rosa
NV Imperiale Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
Straw color. Bright, fruity, minerally aromas and flavors of grilled papaya and apple, spiced pineapple, and rubber leaf with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, engaging, medium-length tart apple and Meyer lemon finish with no oak. A very lively and interesting Prosecco.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215466
Gran Codorníu
2013 Pinot Noir Cava
Brilliant salmon pink color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherry, almond cookie, minerals, and balloon dust with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, breezy green apple skin, kiwi, and chalk finish with no oak. A nice dry cava for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215527
Jaillance
NV "Cuvee de L'Abbaye" Brut Bordeaux
Bright light golden straw color. Fruity, citrusy toasty aromas of Meyer lemon zest, dried figs, gravel - lanolin, and pressed linen with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and a tingling, complex, relaxed finish with firm, cottony tannins and no oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215529
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut France
Yellow straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and custard with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, stimulating, breezy clementine and white strawberry finish. A tangy appetizing sparkling wine that will be quite flexible.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215569
Cupcake
NV Prosecco Prosecco DOC
Bright pale golden straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of dried peaches, Meyer lemon cream, vanilla bean, and mineral water with a creamy, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish full body and an effortless, charming, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215462
Anna de Codorníu
NV Dulce "ANNA" Cava
Silvery emerald straw color. Mild aromas and flavors of lemon curd toast, apple, nectarine, and minerals with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a silky, breezy lime powder, apple-pear sauce, and chalk finish with no oak. A lively, off-dry sparkler.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215423
Stella Rosa
NV Imperiale Made With Organic Grapes Prosecco DOC
Bright light medium straw color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of white mulberries, kiwi, and lime with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, buoyant maple praline and lemon sorbet finish with firm, cottony tannins and no oak. A fruity, very tasty Prosecco.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215426
Diama Sparkle
NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
Pale salmon orange color. Delicate, fruity aromas and flavors of spiced strawberries, vanilla custard, and banana with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length orange, earth and stone, and fleur de sel finish. A zesty earthy sparkler with a nice savory streak for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215530
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé France
Bright light reddish orange color. Fruity, toasty aromas of ripe berries, red cherries, toasted lees, and green apple skin with a lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, relaxed finish with firm, papery tannins and no oak.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215468
Cuvee Barcelona
NV Reserva Cava
Bright light medium gold color. Bright, fruity, funky earthy vegetal aromas of bruised red apples, root vegetables, dried straw, and lemon curd with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry full body and a tingling, refreshing, brisk finish with firm tannins.
86 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215637
Candoni
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
Bright light straw green color. Bright, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of dried nectarines, turned earth, ripe lemon, and parchment with an lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and a warming, engaging, brisk finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215463
Anna de Codorníu
NV Brut Blanc de Blancs Reserva Cava
Bright medium old gold color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of ripe lemons, roasted turnips, mocha, and pressed linen with an lively, finely carbonated, dryish full body and a tingling, intriguing, brisk finish with earthy, cottony tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215543
Magnotta
NV Blanc de Blancs VQA Chardonnay Niagara Peninsula
Bright light medium gold color. Lively, funky, toasty yeasty aromas of bruised apples, popcorn butter, spiced pineapple, and toasty yeast with an crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a warming, engaging, brisk finish with earthy tannins.
85 points $16.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215467
Cuvee Barcelona
NV Brut Rosé Reserva Cava
Light bright ruby color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of spiced black cherries, roasted turnips, salinity, and gravel with a chewy, lively, finely carbonated, dry full body and a peppery, interesting finish with earthy tannins and no oak.
85 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215157
Castillo Rocio
NV Brut Cava
Bright light golden straw color. Lively, fruity, toasty yeasty aromas of spiced lemon, roasted root vegetables, leesy toastiness, and parchment with a lively, finely carbonated, dry full body and a warming finish with papery tannins and no oak.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215425
Diama Sparkle
NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
Bright light straw color. Lively, curious, funky yeasty aromas and flavors of boiled potato, brazil nuts, dried pear granola, and straw with an even, racy, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant citrus, nutskin, moss, and parchment finish with earthy, fruit tannins. A funky, rustic Prosecco with some wild and wooly notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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