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December 2018 - All Sparkling Wines

December 2018 - All Sparkling Wines
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling Wines

All Sparkling Wines Reviews

Champagne Devaux NV Grande Reserve Champagne
94 points
$43
Light gold color. Aromas of French canelé pastry, brioche with apricot preserve, gunsmoke, and butter-poached apple with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long yuzu marmalade, salted parker dinner rolls, and dried pineapple finish. A NV champagne that will stand the test of time; smoky, svelte, and stimulating.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée Rosée Champagne
93 points
$52
Amber salmon color. Earthy aromas of cantaloupe, marinated shitake mushrooms, licorice, dried fig, and autumn leaves with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and an even, amusing, medium-long passion fruit, yogurt with marinated strawberry, and dried lavender finish with light oak. A crispy and stylish Champagne that will pair with most anything.
Champagne Devaux NV Cuvée D Champagne
93 points
$62
Golden yellow color. Inviting aromas and flavors of buttered brioche, smoked apricot preserves on Greek yogurt, honey, musk, and pressed wildflowers with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long spritz of lemon, pickled ginger, quartz, key lime pith, and pineapple on Hawaiian rolls finish with a suggestion of oak. A super bright, slightly smoky Champagne with thick, sensuous aromas.
Champagne Devaux 2008 D Millésimé Champagne
93 points
$110
Golden yellow color. Aromas of bruleed lemon, baked cantaloupe, coriander, rye, coconut cream pie on a graham cracker crust, and lemon custard with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, medium body and a seamless, complex, medium-long peach confiture and jasmine finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. An interesting Brut Champagne that should develop lots of nuance and intrigue after a slumber in the cellar.
Princesa NV Brut Nature Cava DO
92 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Gold color. Floral, inviting aromas of candied meyer lemon, yuzu marmalade, candied pineapple, sweet basil, and salted parker roll with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long creme brulee, sunflower, and pastry crust finish with light oak. A richly structured sparkler that will stand the test of time.
92 points $16.99 Best Buy
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas of forelle pear, brioche with strawberry jam, lily, kiwi relish, aniseed, sage, and coriander with a round, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, distinctive, long fresh cut grass, turkish delight, smoked almond, and pressed flowers finish with light oak. A crisp and juicy Champagne with layers and layers of bright, memorable flavors.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Hagafen 2015 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Wine Napa Valley
92 points
$48
Bright salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of ripe raspberries, blackberry jam on toast, vanilla-sandalwood, and spiced plum tart with a velvety, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, involved, very long dried pineapple, spiced apple butter, sautéed mushrooms, bay leaf, allspice, and toasted almond slivers finish with moderate oak. A fruity Napa rose sparkler that is balanced by a hint of earthy charm.
Gyejacquot Fréres NV Prestige Vintage Brut Champagne
92 points
$52
Golden yellow color. Aromas of brioche, smoked cheddar, bruised pear, lemon zest, and croissant with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long butter cream, cinnamon dusted apples, black licorice, and Seville oranges finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A muscular champagne with mouthfilling notes of cream pastry.
Champagne Devaux NV Ultra D Extra Brut Champagne
92 points
$67
Light gold color. Aromas of brioche, butter-pecan, and milk and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, medium-long golden raisin, chalk, quartz, and white strawberry finish with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dense, rich, and complex champagne that offers everyday luxury; cellar.
Ca’ D’or NV Noble Cuvée Franciacorta DOCG
91 points
$33
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon custard, popovers, oregano focaccia, gingerbread, and honey butter with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, complex, long dried apricot, lemon marmalade, walnut confection, dried mushrooms, and sea salt finish with light oak. A gracious Franciacorta that will be stupendous with dinner, friends, and good times.
Comartin Cellars NV Cuvée Jennifer Sonoma County
91 points
$45
Pale amber salmon color. Inviting aromas of buttered brioche, orange marmalade, apricot-mango yogurt, and iced apple Danish with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, subtle, long sourdough with strawberry jam, dried bananas, southern biscuits, and hint of maple finish with moderate oak. A delicious rose Sonoma sparkler that satisfies with classic notes of brioche and succulent strawberry.
Lunetta NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas of yellow apple, turkish delight, key lime, lemon bar, and freesia with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long pastry cream, apricot, fresh cut grass, mango skin, and peach tea finish with no oak. An wide-appealing prosecco that offers plenty of nuance and sophistication.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Maison de Grand Esprit NV LÊtre Magique Cremant de Bourgogne
90 points
$20
Pale old gold color. Aromas of clover blossom, butter, heirloom apple, strawberry-banana yogurt, thyme, white chocolate drizzled tropical fruit, and toasted coconut with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length flaky biscuit, dried pineapple, white strawberry, and honeysuckle finish with a suggestion of oak. A flavorful Cremant with a great balance of fruit, toasty lees, and subtle herbs.
Ruggeri 2017 Giustino B. Extra Dry Prosecco Superiore DOCG
90 points
$32.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of pressed flowers and almond tea cakes with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length spritz of lemon, key lime, sweet herbs, and tangerine finish with no oak. A fizzy white with attractive notes of citrus fruits and herbs; simple and elegant.
90 points $32.99
Cavit NV  Prosecco DOC
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Straw green color. Inviting aromas of white raspberry, fresh rosemary, and cantaloupe with a satiny, lively, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length fresh pineapple, ripe peaches and pears, and sea salt finish with no oak. A concentrated Prosecco with lively acidity for perfect cheese pairings.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Magnotta NV Venture Series Starlight Sparkling Riesling-Vidal Blanc
89 points
$25.95
Yellow straw color. Floral aromas and flavors of roasted peach, elderflower syrup, honey soaked tea cakes, and honeycrisp apple with a supple, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length tangerine peel, pineapples in cream, and lemon bar finish with no oak. A cheerful sparkler with kisses of sweetness and heady florals.
89 points $25.95
Ca’ D’or NV Noble Sparkling Rosé Franciacorta DOCG
89 points
$36
Pale amber salmon color. Earthy aromas of horse blanket, lemon rind, cherry mostarda, and pine with a round, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long marinated strawberry, toasted baguette, and salt-cured olives finish with light oak. Old-world Pinot Nero shines in this rose Franciacorta, sultry earthiness makes for an intellectual sparkler.
Culitos NV Moscato Provincia di Pavia IGP
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet aromas and flavors of poached pear, honeycomb, elderflower, lychee, and thyme with a round, vibrant, spritzy, sweet medium-to-full body and an even, charming, medium-length sweet peach finish with no oak. A sweet and floral kissed wine that will close out a meal with sugar-laced bliss.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Cielo NV Brut Prosecco DOC
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Sweet aromas of sliced pears, almond nougat, peony petal, and mixed melon salad with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, cheery lime pith, sage, and ginger finish with no oak. A light aperitivo wine that will be sure to please.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Bartenura NV Sparkling Moscato Italy
88 points
$22.99
Straw green color. Fruity, sweet aromas of honeysuckle, dried apples and pears, petit fours, and apricot jam with a round, crisp, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length toasted almonds and sweet tea finish with no oak. A sweet sparkler that hits the spot.
88 points $22.99
Magnotta NV Fleur DOr Sparkling Riesling-Vidal Blanc
88 points
$24.95
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeycomb, heritage apples, dried pineapple, honeydew melon, key lime, and minerals with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-length candy-coated aniseed, white peach, and slivered almonds finish with no oak. Bright riesling character shines in this easy-to-love Canadian sparkler.
88 points $24.95
Champagne Devaux NV D Rosé Champagne
88 points
$72
Amber salmon color. Aromas of toffee-covered dried orange and strawberry-rose jam on a fresh croissant with a round, lively, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long salted peach, honey roasted macadamia nut, cinnamon, and cranberry tart finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruit-forward Champagne with distinctive notes of rich toffee.
Lunetta NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of watermelon granita and tropical fruit salad with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light body and a silky, medium-length crisp apples finish with no oak. A very fruity, juicy pink sparkler that offers a fun, lighthearted toaster.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Prosecco Superiore DOCG
87 points
$19.99
Emerald straw color. Aromas of fresh linen, Italian lemons, fresh cream, ghee, and brie rind with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, medium-length green apple, sea salt, underripe peach, and dried fruits finish with no oak. Friendly fine effervescence makes this Prosecco an elegant sparkler for the aperitif course.
87 points $19.99
Bartenura 2017 Sparkling Moscato Rosé Piemonte
87 points
$22.99
Pale amber salmon color. Fruity, sweet aromas of apricot fruit leather, honeycomb, and underripe cherry with a satiny, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp honey cake and toasty blini finish. A delicate sweet sipper that offers a festive close to the meal.
87 points $22.99
Magnotta NV The Silver Line GMarquis Blanc De Blancs Sparkling Chardonnay-Vidal Blanc
87 points
$24.95
Yellow straw color. Aromas of candied apple, honey nougat, tomatillo, and cedar shavings with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a breezy toasted marshmallow and dried pineapple finish with light oak. A rich chardonnay-based sparkler that may appeal to heritage cider lovers.
87 points $24.95
Luc Belaire NV Brut Gold Sparkling France
87 points
$29.99
Straw green color. Inviting aromas and flavors of flamed candied orange, baked apple on Belgian waffle, walnut pastry, and sweet cream gelato with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, cheery bay leaf, white pepper, and starfruit finish. A crispy everyday sparkler that envelops the palate with briochey warmth.
87 points $29.99
Paluzzi 2017  Moscato dAsti
86 points
$7.50
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Sweet aromas of honeysuckle and apple with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, very sweet medium body and an effortless, medium-length peach candies, lemon sherbet, and elderflower finish with no oak. A sweet moscato pleaser.
86 points $7.50 Best Buy
Marquis de la Tour NV Brut Sparkling France
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of apples in warm pastry, herbed stuffing, and popovers with honey butter with a glycerous, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast dried apricot, glazed hot cross buns, and warm peach compote finish with moderate oak. A toasty sparkler with lots of autumnal chardonnay character.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Ca’ D’or 2016 Blanc de Blancs Millesimato Durella
86 points
$20
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pears in cream, rye seed, poached apricot, and powdered candy with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a crisp lemon flesh finish with no oak. A juicy, crisp sparkler that refreshes.
Luc Belaire NV Luxe Rosé Sparkling France
86 points
$29.99
Coral orange color. Interesting aromas and flavors of dried apricot, walnut, thyme, and olive-studded baguette with a crisp, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lime spritzed watermelon and buckwheat crepe finish. A nicely nuanced demi-sec that will be a great choice for spicy fare and or a festive aperitif.
86 points $29.99
Biltmore Estate 2015 Vintage Blanc de Blancs North Carolina
86 points
$50
Emerald straw color. Aromas of sweet yogurt, lime curd, celery salad, buttered raisin swirl toast, and caramel with a glycerous, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long tropical fruit tart finish with coating tannins and light oak. A blanc de blancs with creamy oak and tropical style.
Ruggeri NV Argeo Treviso Prosecco DOC
85 points
$15.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, sliced granny smith apple, orange blossom, and cider with a round, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk honey finish. A vibrant Prosecco for everyday celebrations.
85 points $15.99
Veuve Monsigny NV  Brut Rosé Champagne
85 points
$19.99
Khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of parchment, brie, lingonberry, nori, watermelon rind, brioche with condensed milk, and gooseberry with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed toasted pine nuts, rice pudding, and breakfast radish finish with papery tannins and a suggestion of oak. A crispy sparkler that makes a nice aperitif.
85 points $19.99
The View NV Pearls Traditional Brut Sparkling Okanagan Valley
85 points
$29.95
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of orange tea cakes, brie rind, Italian almond soap, sea salt, and mint-dressed salad with a satiny, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, quick lemon supremes and baby aspirin finish with a suggestion of oak. A zingy sparkler that will cut through rich cheeses.
85 points $29.95
Luc Belaire NV Rare Sparkling Rosé France
85 points
$29.99
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas and flavors of compressed watermelon, ripe guava, roasted red pepper, and pomegranate husk with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length mango lassi, green peppercorns, and taro custard finish with a suggestion of oak. A fruity sparkling pleaser for the Rose All Day type.
85 points $29.99
Luc Belaire NV Rare Luxe Sparkling France
85 points
$29.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of white grape jelly, allspice, key lime, coriander seed, and lanolin with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, buoyant toast with apple butter finish with a suggestion of oak. An off-dry chardonnay sparkler that will be a well received holiday toaster.
85 points $29.99
Cuvée de Grand Esprit NV Marquis de la Mystèriale Extra Dry Champagne
85 points
$45
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fruit cake, butterscotch, seven layer bar, fried plantains, and dried apples and figs with an oily, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a crisp salted peanut crisp, molasses cake, miso, and salted lassi finish with moderate oak. A rich champagne with lots of dried fruit and sultry caramelized flavors.
Psecco NV  Prosecco DOC
84 points
$10.99
Pale straw green color. Aromas and flavors of sliced pears in cream, lemon supremes, fresh chives, and juicy fruit gum with a satiny, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, relaxed dried apple and pressed flowers finish with no oak. An easy-drinking sparkler that makes a nice daytime pairing.
84 points $10.99
Sweet Bitch NV Moscato Rosé Italy
84 points
$10.99
Pale pink coral color. Herbal aromas of cinnamon potpourri, dried strawberry, bergamot liqueur, lavender, and apple with a silky, crisp, spritzy, very sweet medium body and a seamless, crisp raspberry lemon bar and watermelon candies finish with no oak. A sweet a fruity sparkler with an herbal edge.
84 points $10.99
Mi Amore NV  Lambrusco Grasparossa di Castelvetro
84 points
$14.99
Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry cobbler, grape pips, blackberry leaf, and earth with a slightly chewy, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, snappy black tea, thyme, and candied almond finish. A grippy off-dry Lambrusco for cheese.
84 points $14.99
Peramo NV Sparkling Italy
84 points
$14.99
Light gold color. Aromas of caramelized banana, dried pear, and praline with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, relaxed orange sherbet and apple confection finish. A slightly sweet, fruity sparkler for casual spicy fare.
84 points $14.99
Gina 2017  Prosecco DOC
84 points
$17.99
Straw green color. Aromas of lime cordial, vanilla sugar, and ripe honeydew with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a smooth, crisp limestone, white strawberry, and cinnamon tisane finish with no oak. A crispy and friendly Prosecco with ample soft fruits.
84 points $17.99
Stella Rosa NV Pearl Lux Sparkling Italy
84 points
$20
Silvery straw color. Aromas of poached pear, pineapple yogurt, and soufflé with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a brisk lime spritz, chalk, and kiwi sorbet finish with no oak. A juicy sparkler in crowd-pleasing style.
Magnotta NV Blanc De Blancs Chardonnay
84 points
$24.95
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of peach pie, lemon bar, grapefruit marmalade, smoked apple, pipi du chat, and pineapple gummies with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a silky, medium-length concord grape jam finish. A fruit-forward sparkler from an up and coming region.
84 points $24.95
Princesa NV Brut Rosé Cava DO
83 points
$16.99
Steely amber color. Aromas and flavors of dusty peach, marinated strawberry, iodine, and watermelon candy with a supple, bright, effervescent, dryish light body and a sleek, quick finish. An everyday sparkler.
83 points $16.99
Bartenura NV  Prosecco DOC
83 points
$19.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of honeydew melon in yogurt, plantain, and fallen fruit with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish. A quaffable sparkler for the gang.
83 points $19.99
Magnotta NV The Silver Line G.Marquis Sparkling Ice Rosé Niagara-on-the-Lake
83 points
$27.95
Light tomato bisque color. Rustic aromas and flavors of tomato agua fresca, pomegranate chutney, and cranberry-dill relish with a lightly tannic, vibrant, effervescent, dry medium body and a graceful, cheery graphite and bitter herbs finish with a suggestion of oak. A rustic, terroir-driven sparkler for harvest meals.
83 points $27.95
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