June 2017 - International Sparkling

This month's Wine feature is International Sparkling Wines
International Sparkling Reviews
219960
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé France
Brilliant steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lemon peels, mixed melon balls, honey drizzle, and spring flowers and coconut husk with a silky, finely carbonated, dry light body and a nuanced, medium-long quartz-like minerality, sea salt, and edible flowers finish with fine tannins. Striking minerality, an elegantly fruity nose, and sophisticated texture will keep you coming back to discover new intricacies in this beautiful French wine.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219536
Janisson & Fils
2006 Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Brilliant yellow straw color. Toasty, roasted aromas and flavors of glazed fruit graham cracker crust tart, cocoa butter, coffee yogurt, and peanut brittle and caramel corn with a lively, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, elegant, very long honeysuckle, dried pineapple and coconut, passionfruit and butter glaze, and mixed peppercorns in honey finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A delicious, toasty champagne with understated elegance and underlying tropical fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219845
Ruggeri
2015 Giustino B. Extra Dry Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
Bright white gold color. Attractive aromas of dried grasses and ripe honeydew melon, dried nectarine, sea salt and lemongrass, and lemon blossom with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length marzipan and citrus zest finish with fine, fruit tannins. A sophisticated Prosecco; try as an aperitif.
93 points $31.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219534
Janisson & Fils
NV Grand Cru Brut Champagne
Brilliant yellow straw color. Baked, yeasty aromas and flavors of buttered croissant, apple butter on brioche, wildflower honey, and toasted almond slivers with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an intriguing, long lemon curd with cinnamon, crushed gravel, tropical fruit cake, and vanilla nougat finish with fine, well-integrated tannins and light oak. Big minerality combines with yeasty elements creating rich and decadent Champagne.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220048
Chandelier
NV Sparkling Wine Italy
Brilliant straw green color. Fresh, clean aromas of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, spring rain in a flowery meadow, and dried coconut flakes with a round, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, cheery poached apricot and tangerine custard, maraschino cherry pit, tarragon, and apple skins finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming, balanced, and fruity wine to share with friends.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220062
Baron Albert
NV L'Universelle Brut Champagne
Straw color. Fruity aromas of nectarine skins and sweet cream, pineapple leaves, granny smith apples, and browned pie crust with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a captivating, medium-length yeasty bread crusts, fresh mango, apple donut, and lemon frosting finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fruit forward champagne, perfect for dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219535
Janisson & Fils
NV Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne
Straw color. Toasty aromas of roasted marshmallow and graham cracker, amaretto biscotti, and lemon yogurt covered roasted almonds with a satiny, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a relaxed bitter lemon, oregat syrup and green apple skin, crystalized lemon peel, and green almond in butter finish with silky tannins and light oak. A rich, toasty Champagne with lots of interesting, funky yeasty notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219053
Candoni
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
Pale slivery straw color. Aromas of banana muffin batter, young pineapple, and yogurt with a crisp, fizzy, dry light body and a sleek, medium-length hay, dried flowers, and lemon zest finish with fine, fruit tannins. A crisp, vibrant and lively Prosecco.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220014
La Grange aux Filles
NV Cuvée Bulles Sparkling Rosé Cremant de Bordeaux
Pale salmon orange color. Yeasty aromas of croissant with apple butter, orange zest, and hay with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length fresh ripe apricot and almond tea cake finish with well-integrated, silky tannins. A toasty, full bodied Cremant.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219829
Mr. Riggs
NV Sparkling Shiraz McLaren Vale
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler and eucalyptus honey with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long mulberry-pomegranate custard, praline, and spiced green apples finish with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A robust, juicy sparkling Shiraz that will be great with ’cue.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219802
Bocelli
NV Prosecco DOC
Pale golden yellow color. Toasty aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, grapefruit zest and red apple skin, toasted almond slivers, and summer golden nectarine with a satiny, crisp, dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length almond cookie with apricot jam, dried orange wheels, clove, and lemon-honey tea finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A toasty and yeasty take on Prosecco; a nice alternative to full bodied Champagnes.
89 points $16 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219969
Cruzat
NV Cuvée Extra Brut Sparkling Uco Valley
Medium straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe mango, pineapple, honey, and ginger with a lively, fizzy, dry light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length mango, pineapple, honey, and ginger finish with soft tannins and no oak. An elegant and bright sparkler brimming with tropical fruit flavor.
89 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219879
Sea Salt
2016 Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc Cachapoal Valley
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of yellow apple, grapefruit, fresh cut grass, and fresh jalepeño with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long chalk, sea salt, and chive blossom finish with crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A refreshing sparkler with a grippy texture.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220027
Pizzolato Fields
2016 Prosecco DOC
Bright straw green color. Sweet aromas of peach candy, apple blossom, underripe strawberries, and vinaigrette with a lean, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a rapid raw almonds and smooth lemon curd finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice summer quaffer.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219687
Tiziano
NV Prosecco DOC
Bright silvery straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas of orchard fruit and candied lemon with a round, lively, effervescent, fruity light body and a refreshing, medium-length fruit cocktail, marzipan, fresh firm pineapple, and quince finish with fine, fruit tannins. A nice not-too-dry Prosecco for effortless pairings.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220029
Frederick
2015 Spumante Brut Chardonnay
Medium yellow straw color. Aromas of brioche with apricot preserve, clover honey, and peach yogurt with a supple, lively, fizzy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length buttered croissant, baked apple and chamomile, poached kiwi, and ground roasted nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A food-friendly sparkler for everyday celebrations.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219803
Lovo
NV Millesimato Prosecco DOC
Pale straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of globe grapes, summer blossoms, and peach and apple skins with a supple, bright, fizzy, dryish light body and a smooth, carefree crushed gravel finish with fine, fruit tannins. A fruit forward Prosecco with ample minerality.
87 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219726
El Miracle
NV Brut Rosé Cava
Bright siam color. Aromas and flavors of ripe cherry, toasted lees, lemon cake, and crushed gravel with an lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and a captivating, brisk finish with earthy tannins and no oak. A bright, refreshing, fruity wine with a clean and persistent finish.
87 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219959
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Blanc de Blancs Brut France
Pale straw green color. Herbal aromas of marsh grass, chamomile, and fresh lemons with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a breezy lemon gelato and raw Marcona almond finish with fine, fruit tannins. A relaxed sparkler for everyday celebrations.
87 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219700
Zonte’s Footstep
NV Bolle Felici Prosecco Fleurieu Peninsula
Bright golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of ripe yellow apples, pressed linen, crushed gravel, and lemon curd with an lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and an interesting, scant finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A pretty and refreshing wine with flavors that travel.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219804
La Perlina
NV Moscato
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of green nectarines, pressed linen, butter cream, and baked oak with an lively, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a delightful, fast finish with papery, cottony tannins and no oak. A refreshing and youthful dessert wine.
86 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219385
Villa Yustina
2014 Brut Rosé Sparkling Thracian Valley
Pale salmon orange color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon and orange rind, underripe apricot, and mango and papaya with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length roasted pine nuts and brioche finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A lovely sparkling Rosé for intimate gatherings with loved ones.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220050
Cupcake
2016 Moscato d'Asti
Bright golden straw color. Sweet, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, lychee, honeycomb, and candied apple with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an appealing, snappy kiwi tart and coconut gelato finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A bright and lively Moscato d’Asti.
86 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220025
Tarantas
2016 Sparkling White Utiel Requena DO
Bright gold color. Aromas of banana cake, peach skin, dried canvas, and toast with an lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a compelling, scant finish with cottony tannins and no oak. A refreshing and easy quaffer.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219881
Contempo
NV Sparkling Dessert Wine Moscato
Bright straw color. Yeasty aromas of baklava, honeycomb, fishing line, and biscotti and fallen apple with a round, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and an intricate, medium-length mango Danish, iced poached asian pear, Turkish delight, and rosemary scone finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. An intriguing dessert wine for upscale pastries.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220022
Tarantas
2015 Cava DO
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple butter, root vegetables and turnip, dried canvas, and lemon curd with an lively, finely carbonated, dry medium-full body and an appealing, brisk finish with earthy, cottony tannins and no oak. A subtle wine with earthy notes that will dovetail nicely with food.
85 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219794
Villa Maria
2016 Bubbly Sauvignon Blanc New Zealand
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of tomato leaf, pyrazines canvas, under ripe lemons, and ruby grapefruit with a crisp, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a delightful, short finish with cottony, papery tannins and no oak. A bold nose and round flavors call for high-acid pairings; try with fried green tomates.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220049
Cupcake
NV Prosecco DOC
Pale emerald straw color. Aromas of dried grass, crushed gravel, baby’s breath, and jasmine with a supple, lively, fizzy, off-dry light body and a tingling, breezy candied lemon peel, key lime pie, and pink apple finish with fine tannins. A cheery off-dry sparkler.
85 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219880
Contempo
NV Frizzante Prosecco DOC
Pale straw color. Fruity aromas of apricot nectar, orchard blossoms, banana taffy, and lemon-lime soda with a soft, effervescent, fruity light body and a brisk amaretti cookie, lemon jelly, and lime zest finish with fine, fruit tannins. An inviting and fruit forward nose makes this a nice sparkling wine to pair with Italian desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220028
Pizzolato
2016 Moscato
Pale old gold color. Sweet, fruity aromas of peach gummies, cantaloupe, and golden raisin with an crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length lemon lime soda, nutmeg cream, peach coulis, and melon finish with soft, fruit tannins. A fruit forward sweet crusher within reach.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220026
Stefany
2015 Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
Pale straw color. Fruity, nutty aromas and flavors of apple fritter and candied pecans with an bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, short sea salt finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. An easy-going Prosecco with an attractive pastry note.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220047
Sweet Bitch
NV Moscato Peach Bubbly Italy
Bright gold color. Fruity, confected aromas of peach gummies, saffron, and mango candy with a vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a scant sour peach, nutmeg, limeade, and vanilla extract finish with soft tannins and no oak. An accessible and fruity sweet sparkler.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220058
Cupcake
NV Sparkling Red Dessert Wine Italy
Bright siam color. Candied aromas of cinnamon, cherry, and cherry blossom with a coarse, vibrant, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, short-lived fruit cake jellies and cherry hard candy finish with soft tannins and no oak. A candy-like sparkler.
83 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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