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June 2019 - International Sparkling Wine & Champagne

June 2019 - International Sparkling Wine & Champagne
This month's Wine feature is International Sparkling Wine & Champagne Wines

International Sparkling Wine & Champagne Reviews

Yarden 2010 Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Galilee
94 points
$32.99
Yellow straw color. Aromas of buttered brioche, apricot preserves, pear blossom, key lime, and sweet cheese danish with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, layered, medium-long Italian lemon, pickled ginger, marble, and toasted walnut finish with moderate oak flavor. Sonorous acidity and intense minerality make this a wine with fantastic cellarability; drink through 2040
94 points $32.99
Yarden 2007 Katzrin Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Galilee
94 points
$105.99
Golden straw color. Fresh aromas of lemon curd, brioche, dried apricot, lime leaf, and pressed flowers with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long graham cracker, beeswax, and mango yogurt finish with light oak flavor. A mouth-filling, full-flavor sparkler from Galilee that offers a sophisticated, poignant Champagne-style wine.
94 points $105.99
Veuve Ambal NV Expression Blanc de Noirs Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
92 points
$25.99
Bright khaki orange color. Aromas of apricot preserves layered with strawberries, almond tea cakes, white cherry, and gunflint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length hazelnut confection, toasted coconut, and mango finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A decadent rose Cremant de Bourgogne that is instantly appealing and always sophisticated.
92 points $25.99
Veuve Ambal NV Grande Cuvee Rosé Cremant de Bourgogne
91 points
$19.99
Bright khaki orange color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cherry mostarda, raspberry, overripe strawberry, starfruit, sauteed mushroom, and toast with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with touches of lemon verbena and warm vanilla. A charming, food-friendly Cremant with a nice sense of purity; juicy and friendly.
91 points $19.99
Cielo NV  Prosecco DOC
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of papaya, Greek yogurt, pear tree, and grape vines with a supple, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-long finish that shows accents of bread pudding, spicy apple relish, and pickled melon rind with no oak flavor. A delicious and satisfying Prosecco with a great sense of place.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Veuve Ambal NV Grande Cuvee Cremant de Bourgogne
90 points
$19.99
Golden yellow color. Aromas of roasted pineapple, parker dinner rolls, herb compound butter, and kiss of anise with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, long butter-poached apricots, lemon curd, cinnamon-creme pastry, and orange zest finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A complex, robust cremant with layers of complex spices and citrus.
90 points $19.99
Veuve Ambal NV Prestige Sparkling Cremant de Bourgogne
89 points
$23.99
Gold color. Aromas of toast, red apple, roasted nuts, ripe apricot, and spiced apple chutney with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long white pepper, almond cake, and lemon glaze finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A toasty cremant with an attractive show of crispy tannins; lip smacking and highly pairable.
89 points $23.99
Rivarose NV Sparkling Rosé IGP Mediterranee
88 points
$16.99
Steely silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of strawberries in creme, lavender, thyme, and sweet lemon with a vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, medium-length finish with notes of pickled watermelon with no oak flavor. A fruity, summery rose sparkler with wide appeal.
88 points $16.99
Stella Rosa NV Imperiale Pearl Lux Sparkling Rosé Italy
85 points
$22
Steely pink color. Aromas of sweet pear, strawberry jam, raspberry sorbet, and marshmallow cream with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pressed flowers, honeysuckle, and orange sherbet finish with no oak flavor. A bright and bubbly sparkler with a hint of floral sweetness.
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