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December 2016 - US Sparkling Wines

December 2016 - US Sparkling Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines

US Sparkling Wines Reviews

Luc Belaire NV Rare Rosé France
92 points
$29.99
Reddish pink color. Fruity, earthy aromas and flavors of spiced strawberries drizzled in white chocolate, raisin toast, and ground almonds with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of cranberry seltzer, clementine, and minerals with fine, chewy, fruit tannins. A vivacious rose sparkling with rich flavors and structure.
92 points $29.99
Titiana 2011 Brut Pansa Blanca
91 points
$24.99
Light straw green color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of peaches and apples and lemon caramel nut scone with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of kiwi, melon and lime, roasted almond, and reduced lemon with a suggestion of oak flavor. A pure, flavorful Cava with racy acidity, precise clean flavors, and a lovely almond note.
91 points $24.99
Parxet 2011 Gran Reserva MC Cava
91 points
$29.99
Bright light gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced green apples, lemon butter, brioche, and dried canvas with a lively, dry full body and a complex, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. An excellent example.
91 points $29.99
Von Schleinitz 2012 Brut Riesling Mosel
91 points
$35
Clear golden yellow color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon, apple, honeyed peach, and fuel-like minerals and rubber sap with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an effortless, subtle, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of kiwi and lime sorbet with no oak flavor. A bright, very tasty fruity sparkler that is sure to please.
Richard Grant NV Cuvee Rose Brut North Coast
90 points
$29.99
Pale salmon orange color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of orange cake, strawberry puree, and spiced dried fruits with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with overtones of melon balls with citrus and mint and gravel with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A vibrant racy sparkler that will be very versatile.
90 points $29.99
Le Grand Courtâge NV Grand Cuvèe Brut Rosé France
89 points
$19.99
Brilliant silvery pink color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of strawberries in cream, white chocolate brittle, frosted lemon scone, and earth with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-to-long finish that exhibits notes of white peach and cherry and delicate wheatgrass with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A crisp, delicate rose sparkler that will be a nice aperitif.
89 points $19.99
Parxet 2014 Brut Reserva Cava
89 points
$21.99
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of soft citric notes and meyer lemon, root vegetable notes and turnip, salinity, and toasted yeast with a lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and an intricate, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak flavor. A very good example.
89 points $21.99
Luc Belaire NV Brut France
89 points
$29.99
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apple, melon, and dried citrus with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish that shows notes of Meyer lemon custard and fruit salad with no oak flavor. A very refreshing and mouthwatering bubbly that will be versatile.
89 points $29.99
Parxet 2014 Cuvee 21 Cava
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of yellow apples, gravel, toasty yeast, and dried canvas with a lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a refreshing, brisk finish with cottony tannins and no oak flavor. A good quality example.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Titiana 2012 Brut Rose Pinot Noir
88 points
$24.99
Pale pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of white peach and strawberry and herb scone with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish with nuances of toasted nut brittle, blood orange, and Meyer lemon. A nice savory rose Cava with great acidity and balance for the table or sipping.
88 points $24.99
Luc Belaire NV Luxe France
88 points
$29.99
Brilliant golden straw color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of banana nut scone, coconut yogurt, hint of latex, and apple cider with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that shows notes of peach-mango relish and spiced caramel apple. A nice off-dry sparkler for summer decks and cakes.
88 points $29.99
Fox Run 2012 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
88 points
$30
Bright emerald straw color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango and coconut and caramel scone with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, long finish that exhibits elements of lemon granita, kiwi skin, and delicate herbs and spices with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very crisp and mouthwatering sparkling wine that will make a great aperitif or accompaniment to Asian cuisine.
Von Schleinitz 2015 KonSecco Mosel
87 points
$17
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of dried lemon and grass with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, crisp finish with notes of apple and lime sorbet with no oak flavor. A nice earthy sparkler for the table.
Mr. Riggs NV Battle Axe McLaren Vale
87 points
$18.99
Nearly opaque brown brick red color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of spiced berry compote, hint of cough drop, and chocolate plums with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of boysenberry jam, blood orange chiffon, and tomato jelly on toast. A nicely balanced and flavorful red sparkler.
87 points $18.99
ONEHOPE NV Brut Sparkling California
86 points
$18.99
Yellow straw color. Sweet, fruity aromas and flavors of banana taffy and cake, caramel apple, and figs with a supple, spritzy, off-dry medium body and a polished, relaxed finish that exhibits notes of melon balls and strawberry popsicle with no oak flavor. An easy, off-dry quaffer; pair with spice Asian dishes.
86 points $18.99
Le Grand Courtâge NV Grand Cuvèe Blanc de Blancs France
86 points
$19.99
Pale yellow straw color. Yeasty, earthy aromas and flavors of earth and straw, bruised peaches and apples, overripe banana, and whole nuts with a soft, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, quick finish with suggestions of starfruit and green apple, peach pit, hint of vanilla cookie, and chalk. A tangy, earthy sparkler for the table.
86 points $19.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Peach California
85 points
$9.99
Bright straw color. Floral, tropical aromas and flavors of banana and peach candy, fruit punch, orange blossoms, and bubblegum with a round, tangy, effervescent, sweet medium body and a smooth, medium finish revealing notes of rainbow sherbet and berry phosphate with no oak flavor. A fun, very fruity sparkling dessert wine for card carrying members of the sweet tooth club.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Pineapple California
85 points
$9.99
Clear yellow straw color. Tropical, sweet aromas and flavors of canned and dried pineapples with a supple, tangy, fizzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a brisk finish that shows suggestions of apple soda and pineapple sherbet with no oak flavor. A fun, tangy pineapple-y bubbly dessert wine.
85 points $9.99
HIGHDEF 2012 Bubbly Riesling Mosel
85 points
$17
Clear golden straw color. Earthy aromas and flavors of dusty straw, spiced peach and plum, rice cake, and rubber band with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a medium finish with suggestions of minerals and lemon granita with earthy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A interesting, off-dry bubbly with an earthy undercurrent.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Orange California
84 points
$9.99
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of orange and cherry sherbets and pez candy dispenser with a supple, tangy, fizzy, light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish with suggestions of orange and fruit punch soda with no oak flavor. A sweet orange popsicle-like dessert wine.
84 points $9.99
Blanc de Bleu NV Brut California
84 points
$15.99
Electric blue color. Fruity aromas and flavors of orange and lemon punch and spiced apples with a supple, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a seamless, relaxed finish with shades of lemon sorbet, kiwi, and bubblegum. A fun, tasty off-dry sparkler..and it’s blue too!
84 points $15.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Berry California
83 points
$9.99
Bright ruby color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of waxy cherry and apple candied with a supple, tangy, fizzy, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish that presents notes of berry sorbet and phosphate with no oak flavor. A pleasant berry bubbly dessert wine.
83 points $9.99
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