December 2016 - US Sparkling Wines

This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines
US Sparkling Wines Reviews
217567
Luc Belaire
NV Rare Rosé France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217591
Titiana
2011 Brut Pansa Blanca
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217594
Parxet
2011 Gran Reserva MC Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217727
Von Schleinitz
2012 Brut Riesling Mosel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217640
Richard Grant
NV Cuvee Rose Brut North Coast
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217576
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grand Cuvèe Brut Rosé France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217593
Parxet
2014 Brut Reserva Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217568
Luc Belaire
NV Brut France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217592
Parxet
2014 Cuvee 21 Cava
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217590
Titiana
2012 Brut Rose Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217569
Luc Belaire
NV Luxe France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217774
Fox Run
2012 Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217729
Von Schleinitz
2015 KonSecco Mosel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217691
Mr. Riggs
NV Battle Axe McLaren Vale
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217723
ONEHOPE
NV Brut Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217575
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grand Cuvèe Blanc de Blancs France
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217663
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Peach California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217805
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Pineapple California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217728
HIGHDEF
2012 Bubbly Riesling Mosel
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217662
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Orange California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217647
Blanc de Bleu
NV Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217661
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Berry California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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