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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 finish manifesting notes of apple-kiwi marmalade and golden raisin toast, spiced nuts, and roasted pineapple with a suggestion of oak flavor. 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 finish that presents impressions of lemon-lime curd, banana, pickled peach, and minerals with crunchy, fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish with elements of grilled pineapple and kiwi-apple relish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish with suggestions of lemon spritz, creme, and gingerbread with crunchy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish evoking impressions of spiced peach with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish with notes of spiced green apple and pear and hint of mint with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish that exhibits notes of spiced blueberries, green apple and melon with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish with shades of spiced apple and lemon. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish with nuances of cola. 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 finish manifesting elements of strawberries drizzled with balsamic, watermelon rind, and herbed cherries with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish imparting impressions of spiced apple and kiwi with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. 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 finish revealing overtones of lemon-lime sparkler and citrus pith with silky tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 flavor. 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 finish with suggestions of limestone and sour lemon with a suggestion of oak flavor. 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 finish with nuances of broccoli salad. A savory sparkler for the table.
81 points $18.99
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