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December 2017 - All Sparkling

December 2017 - All Sparkling
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling Wines

All Sparkling Reviews

Castellroig NV Brut Cava DO
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavors of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A rich and yeasty cava for celebrations and toasts.
Awards: 2017 Top 2 Best Spanish Cava
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Robledo 2010 Cuvée Sparkling Carneros
92 points
$45
Brilliant khaki orange color. Attractive, toasty aromas and flavors of buttery nut brittle, frosted peach cobbler, and banana nut bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, complex, long apple-kiwi marmalade and golden raisin toast, spiced nuts, and roasted pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich and delicious, fruit-driven, toasty sparkler that will be very versatile.
VOGA NV Brut Prosecco DOC
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed pears and nectarines and nougat with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, intricate, long lemon-lime curd, banana, pickled peach, and minerals finish with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A bright, lively mouthwatering Prosecco that is sure to please.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Viva La Vida NV Rosé Cava Pinot Noir
90 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Coral orange color. Toasty aromas of strawberry jelly on brioche, crystalized lemon peel, and wildflowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length crisp pink lady apples finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tasty balance of juicy fruits and toasty oak; a summer staple.
90 points $13.99 Best Buy
Graffiti NV Blanc de Noirs Brut India
90 points
$23
Gold color. Exotic, tropical, sweet aromas and flavors of pineapple upside down cake, roasted mango and coconut and papaya with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length grilled pineapple and kiwi-apple relish finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A exotically tropical and spicy bubbly reminiscent of well-aged Champagne.
Paradise Hills Vineyard NV Notte di Amore Connecticut
90 points
$34.75
Yellow color. Jammy, inviting aromas and flavors of peach compote, warm spices, vanilla gelato, and graham cracker crust with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long lemon spritz, creme, and gingerbread finish with crunchy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A peachy, toasty sparkler that will please novices and enthusiasts alike; perfect for holiday celebrations.
90 points $34.75
Sjoeblom Winery 2001 Chauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$89
Old gold color. Mature, fruity, spicy aromas of baked and pickled fruits, gherkin, and herbs with a supple, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long strawberry-banana yogurt, spicy poached peach, starfruit, and earth finish with a suggestion of oak. A distinctive, appealing, and funky mature sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
Ca’ Furlan NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of banana and apple and kiwi and melon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length spiced peach finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very tasty and satisfying Prosecco with attractive fruit.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Vallformosa NV Col.lección Sparkling Brut Reserva Cava DO
89 points
$20
Yellow straw color. Aromas of young apricot, yuzu, and lanolin seed with a satiny, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and an intriguing, medium-long basil wrapped melon balls, tart table grapes, and grapefruit zest finish with soft, fruit tannins. A lovely, lengthy cava for special occasions.
Sidewood 2013 Isabella Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
89 points
$27
Pale salmon orange color. Fruity, buttery aromas of peach pie, lemon spritz, candied walnut, and sea spray with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-long minerals, dried herbs, and watermelon rind finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A yummy champagne-style sparkler that delivers elegance and concentration.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of chamomile, bamboo, apricot-ginger preserve, and pressed apples with a satiny, lively, effervescent, fruity light body and a relaxed passion fruit and roasted almond finish. A tropical sparkler with intense acidity; a must with cheeses.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Gran Barón NV Brut Sparkling Cava DO
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Clear straw green color. Fresh aromas of sweet orange blossom, green tea, Valencia orange spritz, and pineapple with a round, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, breezy marzipan and lemon bar finish with fine, fruit tannins. A bright and fresh cava.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Mistinguett NV Brut Sparkling Cava DO
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Light straw green color. Citrusy, exotic aromas and flavors of lime sorbet and leaves and lemongrass-ginger chutney with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length spiced green apple and pear and hint of mint finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A fun, spicy Cava that will be great with Asian foods.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Mistinguett NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Cava DO
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Green, floral aromas and flavors of dried flowers and cranberry herb muffin with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length spiced blueberries, green apple and melon finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An intriguing spicy and herbal rosé Cava with vibrant tangy berry fruit.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Mistinguett NV Brut Reserva Sparkling Cava DO
88 points
$18
Clear golden straw color. Floral, sweet aromas of parker house rolls, lemon meringue, violet flowers, and maraschino liqueur with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a graceful, medium-length lightly toasted nuts and crisp apple finish with soft, fruit tannins. A friendly cava for everyday celebrations.
Amore Di Amanti NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried banana and pear, lemon soda bread, melon, and carnation with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length spiced apple and lemon finish. A tangy, savory, appetizing Prosecco that will shine at the table.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon bar, fresh herbs, apricot, and toasted crumpet with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a polished, breezy apples, cinnamon, and crushed pineapple finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp, fruity, crowd-pleasing sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach pastry, vanilla creme, and cherry stone with a round, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a sleek, quick finish. A sweet and cheerful crusher that will be perfect on a hot day.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Clear emerald straw color. Citrusy, fresh aromas of lime pop, chamomile tea, and ripe peach with a glycerous, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, easy clementine candy, ripe mango, chalk, and taffy finish with soft tannins and no oak. An easy drinking and persistent friendly prosecco.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery pink color. Aromas of honeyed biscuits and jasmine confit with a soft, bright, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy white tea and wildflower honey finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. An easy and floral festive sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Berry California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Fruity, confected aromas of dark, ripe raspberries, crushed blackberries, and strawberry confection with an oily, vibrant, effervescent, sweet medium body and a medium-length berry Jell-O and honey drizzle finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. Mounds of berries make this a crowd-pleasing sparkler.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Glenora 2013 Brut Sparkling Finger Lakes
87 points
$29.99
Clear yellow straw color. Creamy, toasty aromas of buttery brioche croutons, orange candies, and pumpkin seeds with a velvety, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a breezy buttered crumpet, dried herbs, and sea salt finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice finger lakes sparkler with a touch of salinity.
87 points $29.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Orange California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of sour peach candies, golden apple confection, fruit punch, and orange Jell-O with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a breezy raspberry syrup, orange pops, and banana split finish. A candied treat to indulge in.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars NV Lot 50 Prosecco
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear yellow straw color. Fresh, floral aromas of peach blossom, lime blossom, and dewy grass with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, buoyant tart apple and raw almond finish with soft tannins and no oak. A zingy prosecco for rich cheeses.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Stone Cellars NV Cuvee Brut California
86 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Clear golden yellow color. Fruity aromas of banana taffy, marzipan, and tropical fruit salad with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk apples in cream finish. An appealing, fruity sparkler for crowd-pleasing.
86 points $13.99 Best Buy
Sidewood NV Sparkling Adelaide Hills
86 points
$19
Pale yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas of dried orange peel and bran muffin with a soft, tangy, dry light body and a breezy lemon spritz and chalk finish with fine tannins. A crispy sparkler with racy acidity.
RSVP NV Brut Sparkling California
85 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Clear straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of lime candies, apple taffy, crushed pineapple, and butter cookie with a round, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a relaxed finish with soft tannins. A fruity and gulpable everyday sparkler.
85 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
85 points
$9.99
Pale golden straw color. Sweet, confected aromas of candied peaches and pineapple ice cream topping with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a polished, swift marshmallow and strawberries and cream finish with soft tannins. A fruity crowd-pleaser for anytime sipping.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pineapple California
85 points
$9.99
Yellow straw color. Confected aromas of peach candies and fruit and nut bar with a round, bright, effervescent, sweet light body and a buoyant peach syrup, dried apricot, and orange sweet tarts finish. A peachy tipple for sweet tooths.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
85 points
$9.99
Light Siam color. Fruity, jammy aromas and flavors of cassis liqueur and concord grape jam with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, brisk cola finish. A light and refreshing dessert wine for chocolate cake or engagement toasts.
85 points $9.99
Gran Barón NV Brut Reserva Sparkling Cava DO
85 points
$18
Clear straw color. Aromas of graham cracker, rose jam, and dried coconut with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-long lime and fresh herbs finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A gulpable creamy cava.
Vallformosa NV Col.lección Sparkling Rosé Cava DO
85 points
$22
Light salmon orange color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of toasted almond, grilled strawberry, and flowers and leaves with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, easy strawberries drizzled with balsamic, watermelon rind, and herbed cherries finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A nice spicy, lightly herbal rosé Cava that will pair nicely.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
84 points
$9.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of botan rice candy and dried lemon with a round, bright, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, brisk lime lollipop, honey candy, and orange oil finish with no oak. A crowd pleasing sweet sparkler.
84 points $9.99
Coastal Vines NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine California
84 points
$9.99
Light straw green color. Aromas of lemon, caramel, and chamomile tea with a round, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, fast pencil shavings and tea bag finish. A bubbly everyday treat.
84 points $9.99
Salmon Creek NV Brut Sparkling California
84 points
$10.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of nutmeg, cream, pineapple upside down cake, and coconut with a round, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, crisp parchment and tart peaches finish with soft tannins. A friendly everyday sparkler.
84 points $10.99
Carmenet NV Vintners Collection Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay
84 points
$15.99
Bright straw color. Phenolic aromas of plastic wrapped nougat, apple candies, and olive oil with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and an even, short lime pith and seltzer with citrus finish. A fun and crushable sparkler for everyday celebrations.
84 points $15.99
Alberto Nani NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
84 points
$17.99
Golden straw color. Exotic, tropical aromas and flavors of dried papaya and coconut, poached pear, banana and rubber leaves, and toasted almonds in oatmeal with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, compelling, medium-long spiced apple and kiwi finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. An interesting, green tropical Prosecco for the table, try in cocktails.
84 points $17.99
Blanc de Bleu NV Cuvee Mousseux Brut Sparkling American
84 points
$19.99
Pale cobalt blue color. Fresh aromas and flavors of lemons, toasty brioche, and sea spray with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk lemon-lime sparkler and citrus pith finish with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crisp and lemony sparkler with an eye-catching hue.
84 points $19.99
Sidewood 2014 Chloe Cuvée Sparkling Adelaide Hills
84 points
$27
Light golden yellow color. Aromas of tamago and cream cheese with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, delightful, medium-length artichoke, lemon spritz, and sage finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A fun sparkler for savory pairings.
La Cle de la Femme NV Brut Champagne
84 points
$35.99
Light light gold color. Yeasty aromas of wet hay, alfalfa, and rising dough with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long yellow apple compote, wet stones, and lemon pepper finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A yeasty, crunchy NV Champagne for celebratory toasts.
84 points $35.99
Newport Vineyards 2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Southeastern New England
84 points
$37
Pale light golden amber color. Yeasty, fresh aromas of apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts with a round, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.
Hacienda NV Brut Sparkling California
83 points
$12.99
Dusty light gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple pastry, lemon butter, gelatin, and marshmallow candy with a glycerous, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, sparse finish with soft tannins. A juicy sparkler for cocktails and anytime bottle popping.
83 points $12.99
Bervini 1955 2016 Millesimato Prosecco DOC
83 points
$18.99
Clear pink coral color. Aromas of pink apples and parchment with a supple, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, short watermelon finish. A gulpable prosecco.
83 points $18.99
Howard Park NV Jeté Brut Great Southern
83 points
$34
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered parker house rolls, candied citrus peels, and crisp autumn leaves with a silky, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy limestone and sour lemon finish with a suggestion of oak. A racy sparkler for rich cheeses.
Wilson Creek NV Brut Sparkling California
81 points
$18.99
Medium straw green color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of asparagus and underripe peach with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, brisk broccoli salad finish. A savory sparkler for the table.
81 points $18.99
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