December 2017 - All Sparkling

This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling Wines
All Sparkling Reviews
222418
Castellroig
NV Brut Cava DO
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.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222290
Robledo
2010 Cuvée Sparkling Carneros
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222235
VOGA
NV Brut Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222286
Graffiti
NV Blanc de Noirs Brut India
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222379
Paradise Hills Vineyard
NV Notte di Amore Connecticut
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222280
Sjoeblom Winery
2001 Chauvignon Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222417
Ca’ Furlan
NV Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222399
Vallformosa
NV Col.lección Sparkling Brut Reserva Cava DO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222410
Sidewood
2013 Isabella Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222338
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222404
Gran Barón
NV Brut Sparkling Cava DO
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222401
Mistinguett
NV Brut Sparkling Cava DO
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222403
Mistinguett
NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Cava DO
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222402
Mistinguett
NV Brut Reserva Sparkling Cava DO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222237
Amore Di Amanti
NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222335
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222339
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222340
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Prosecco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222337
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222344
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Berry California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222389
Glenora
2013 Brut Sparkling Finger Lakes
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222341
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Orange California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222373
90+ Cellars
NV Lot 50 Prosecco
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222313
Stone Cellars
NV Cuvee Brut California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222412
Sidewood
NV Sparkling Adelaide Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222318
RSVP
NV Brut Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222342
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Pineapple California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222343
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sparkling Peach California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222334
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222406
Gran Barón
NV Brut Reserva Sparkling Cava DO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222400
Vallformosa
NV Col.lección Sparkling Rosé Cava DO
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222336
Barefoot Bubbly
NV Moscato Spumante California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222319
Coastal Vines
NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222315
Salmon Creek
NV Brut Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222314
Carmenet
NV Vintners Collection Reserve Sparkling Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222236
Alberto Nani
NV Vino Spumante Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222312
Blanc de Bleu
NV Cuvee Mousseux Brut Sparkling American
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222411
Sidewood
2014 Chloe Cuvée Sparkling Adelaide Hills
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222372
La Cle de la Femme
NV Brut Champagne
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222370
Newport Vineyards
2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Southeastern New England
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222316
Hacienda
NV Brut Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222438
Bervini 1955
2016 Millesimato Prosecco DOC
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222230
Howard Park
NV Jeté Brut Great Southern
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222421
Wilson Creek
NV Brut Sparkling California
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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