July 2018 - International Sparkling

July 2018 - International Sparkling
This month's Wine feature is International Sparkling Wines

International Sparkling Reviews

Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Rosé Pinot Noir
95 points
$22
Dusty silvery amber color. Fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of cranberry relish, herbal honey, and lilacs with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a complex, medium-long spiced pomegranate and coconut, blood orange and kiwi, and hint of herbal cherry lozenge finish with no oak. A rich and intricate rosé Cava with enticing layers of fruit, spice, and herbs.
Bonaval NV Brut Rosado Cava DO
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of white chocolate graham crackers, strawberries yogurt, plantain skin, and hint of rubber leaf with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length pomegranate white raspberry relish, blood orange with cornichon, nut brittle, and wet limestone finish with a suggestion of oak. A rich flavorful cava with mouthwatering acidity.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Sweet Bitch NV Sparkling Moscato
93 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery straw color. Fruity, sweet aromas and flavors of peach custard pie, golden raisin bread pudding, and caramel apple with a satiny, tangy, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long candied tangerine and fruit cocktail finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious and vibrant sweet wine that will be super versatile and widely appealing; drinks like a fine Moscato d’Asti but frizzante.
93 points $11.99 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Collecció Brut Cava DO
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of candle wax, starfruit, and white mulberry jam with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long melon, yellow apple, caramelized green pear, and coconut water finish. A sophisticated and nuanced Cava that is also simply delicious.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Lunetta NV  Prosecco
92 points
$13.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of summer peach, honeysuckle, lilac, sweet basil, and starfruit with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length sweet almond and sea salt finish with no oak. A tasty, crowd-pleasing prosecco with lovely depth of flavor.
92 points $13.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri 2016 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
92 points
$34.99
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of lemon soufflé, sweet anise, baked apple, sea shore, and citron with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, medium-long starfruit soda and sea salt finish with no oak. A velvety prosecco for elegant hors d’ouevres.
92 points $34.99
Cava dell’Ara NV Semi Seco Cava DO
90 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of baked apple, brioche, dried apricot, almond brittle, and petrol with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long pears in honey syrup, straw, lime cordial, and marmalade on toast finish with a suggestion of oak. A toasty cava for special occasions.
90 points $8.99 Best Buy
Acquesi NV Secco Asti
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Floral, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, peach confection, elderflower, and candied lemon with a satiny, crisp, dry light body and a graceful, medium-length apricot fruit leather, limestone, and orange blossom finish with no oak. A dry, quenching Asti that will be lovely with Italian cheeses, shellfish and more.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Origen Brut Rosé Garnacha
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Aromas of cherry skin and strawberry leaf with a soft, spritzy, dry light body and a snappy white strawberry and pink peppercorn finish. A subtle yet refreshing Cava rose for lighter fare before the richer courses.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Yarden 2009 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling White Wine Galilee
90 points
$32.99
Yellow color. Buttery aromas of sliced green apple, salted caramel on whipped cream, butter poached lemon wheels, and flint with a round, lively, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length green papaya in vinaigrette and lemon shrub finish with moderate oak. A vivacious and extroverted Blanc de Blanc with sprightly acidity and an attractive, svelte finish; cellar.
90 points $32.99
Gran Barón  Brut Cava DO
89 points
$14
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest and beeswax with an lively, finely carbonated, bone-dry light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-length underripe pineapple finish. A zippy little Cava perfect for kicking off a long Tapas meal.
89 points $14 Best Buy
90+ Cellars NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Attractive aromas of dried pineapple, light honey, and shortcake with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length white peach, lemon spritz, and sweet ginger finish with no oak. A bright and cheerful prosecco with a charming personality.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Vallformosa  Origen Brut Cava DO
89 points
$17
Bright straw green color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of banana, apple-melon relish, fresh meringue, and clay pot with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long nectarine and kiwi finish with no oak. A clean, bright and refreshing Cava that hits all the right notes.
Altemasi NV Brut Sparkling Trento
89 points
$23.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas of baked apple, ripe canary melon, smoky minerality, papaya, sweet tarragon, and apricot and banana fruit cocktail with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length pressed flowers and minerals finish. A crispy, dry and sophisticated sparkler to try with crudo.
89 points $23.99
Viña Albali NV Brut Sparkling Spain
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of sliced green apple, key lime meringue, sliced cucumber, and sea foam with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy white peach and bubblegum finish with no oak. A balanced, fresh and fruity sparkler for everyday celebrations.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Viña Albali NV Sparkling Rosé Spain
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Bright pink coral color. Aromas of underripe raspberry, crisp pink apples, and fresh herbs with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length summer watermelon, sliced strawberry, pink peppercorn, and blood orange finish. A tasty and bright rose sparkler with much to love.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco DOC
88 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of candied lemon, italian lemon cordial, dried apricot, clover, and wool with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a relaxed crushed apricot pit finish. A crisp and refreshing prosecco fit for Italian cheeses and fun company.
88 points $15.99
Gryfus NV Sparkling Rosé Castel del Monte DOP
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Light pink coral color. Aromas of sliced strawberries, geranium, and hibiscus tisane with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a polished, breezy lime spritzed honeydew and sea salt finish with no oak. A crowd-pleasing, light sparkler with endless pairing possibilities.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Magnotta NV Fleur Dor Ontario
87 points
$24.95
Pale light gold color. Fruity, floral aromas of sliced pear and lychee, ripe pineapple, baked peach, honeycomb, and lemon verbena with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length buttered croissant finish with a suggestion of oak. A full and weighty wine that offers an interesting reprieve from traditional sparklers.
87 points $24.95
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant emerald straw color. Aromas of baby’s breath, sliced lime, minerals, and white rose with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp white peach, fresh pear, and cotton candy finish with no oak. A nice go-to prosecco with a fruity style.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Psecco NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale yellow straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of violet, ripe kiwi, peaches and pears in syrup, and banana with a supple, bright, effervescent, fruity light body and a polished, snappy Turkish delight finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A tasty, fruity prosecco for effortless sipping.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Mistinguett  Brut Rosé Cava DO
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Brilliant salmon orange color. Aromas of dried strawberry, underripe cherry, and palm leaf with a bright, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a brisk green strawberry and cured meat finish. A crushable and lightly savory Cava rose prefect for outdoor activities with friends.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Gran Barón  Brut Reserva Chardonnay
86 points
$18
Dusty yellow straw color. Roasted aromas and flavors of butter roasted pumpkin seeds brioche, grilled tropical fruits, hint of rubber and aloe leaves, and mossy spring banks with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long lemon spritzed white peach and apple, coconut water, hint of latin herbs, and nutskin finish. A subtle and evocative Cava that will be great at the table.
La Marca NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$18
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of dusty limestone, pressed flowers, papaya, wild berry fruit leather, and orange blossom with a velvety, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and an effortless, medium-length parchment, rice candy, and green banana finish with no oak. A solid sparkler for everyday celebrations.
Mistinguett  Brut Cava DO
85 points
$12.99
Straw color. Aromas of meyer lemon and celery leaf with a finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a short lemon curd, key lime, and sidewalk chalk finish. A quaffable citrusy Cava for salads and seafood courses alike.
85 points $12.99
Solaro Estate NV Spumante Rosato LElvira Brut Cuvee Italy
85 points
$34
Pink coral color. Interesting aromas of strawberry buttercream frosting, wool, golden plum, and golden beets with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a tingling, quick cider vinaigrette on baby greens finish with no oak. A funky pink sparkler for everyday celebrations.
Lunetta NV Rosé Spumante Italy
84 points
$13.99
Pale silvery pink color. Aromas of mixed melon balls, parmesan rind, spiced apple butter, and wool with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed cherry confection and fruit cup finish. A fruity sparkler for weeknight celebrations.
84 points $13.99
Gran Barón  Brut Rosé Cava DO
84 points
$15
Clear coral orange color. Aromas of cherry pit, maraschino, and circus peanut with a crisp, effervescent, bone-dry medium body and a quick watermelon jolly rancher and mango finish. A tropical Cava rose for parties, preferably outdoors.
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
84 points
$19.99
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas of golden apples, new sneakers, geranium, and petrol with a supple, soft, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length lemon drop candies, pear coulis, and belgian yeast finish with no oak. A persistent sparkler with intriguing flavors.
84 points $19.99
Magnotta NV Blanc De Blancs Chardonnay
84 points
$24.95
Golden straw color. Aromas of green apple candies, wheat grass, honeydew melon, and underripe kiwi with a lean, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a peppery, brisk green peppercorns finish. A lean green machine for easy cheese pairings.
84 points $24.95
Cava del Forte NV Semi Seco Cava DO
83 points
$8.99
Brilliant yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of baked peaches and bananas, nougat, flan, and hint of chicken jerky with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, short honeyed peaches in cream finish. A super fruity crowd pleasing cava perfect for the patio.
83 points $8.99
Mistinguett 2015 Brut Reserva Rosé Cava DO
82 points
$16.99
Emerald straw color. Aroma of lemon pith with a bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a quick lemon balm and coconut oil finish. An approachable Cava for the first outdoor party of summer.
82 points $16.99
Magnotta NV Blanc De Noirs Sparkling Ice Wine Rosé Niagara Peninsula
81 points
$27.95
Steely orange color. Aromas of overripe tomato and cantaloupe and dried papaya with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry thin body and a swift minerals, shredded carrot, and bitter roots finish. A laid back sparkler.
81 points $27.95
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