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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 cranberry seltzer, clementine, and minerals finish 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 kiwi, melon and lime, roasted almond, and reduced lemon finish with a suggestion of oak. 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 body and a complex, breezy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. 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 kiwi and lime sorbet finish with no oak. 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 melon balls with citrus and mint and gravel finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. 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, white peach and cherry and delicate wheatgrass finish with fine, crunchy tannins and no oak. 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, snappy finish with well-integrated tannins and no oak. 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, crisp Meyer lemon custard and fruit salad finish with no oak. 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. 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 toasted nut brittle, blood orange, and Meyer lemon finish. 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, relaxed peach-mango relish and spiced caramel apple finish. 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 lemon granita, kiwi skin, and delicate herbs and spices finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. 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, relaxed apple and lime sorbet finish with no oak. 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 boysenberry jam, blood orange chiffon, and tomato jelly on toast finish. 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, breezy melon balls and strawberry popsicle finish with no oak. 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, brisk starfruit and green apple, peach pit, hint of vanilla cookie, and chalk finish. 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 body and a smooth, rainbow sherbet and berry phosphate finish with no oak. 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 swift apple soda and pineapple sherbet finish with no oak. 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 minerals and lemon granita finish with earthy, fruit tannins and no oak. 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 orange and fruit punch soda finish with no oak. 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, breezy lemon sorbet, kiwi, and bubblegum finish. 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 berry sorbet and phosphate finish with no oak. A pleasant berry bubbly dessert wine.
83 points $9.99
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