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August 2019 - US Sparkling Wines

August 2019 - US Sparkling Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines

US Sparkling Wines Reviews

R. Stuart NV Rosé dOr Sparkling Willamette Valley
92 points
$50
Pale amber color. Aromas of cherry mostarda, melon, lemon curd, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long lingonberry tart, candied citrus peel, pressed flowers, and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A robust and character rich rose sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
Bee D’Vine NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Honey Wine
91 points
$49
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of grape pips, exotic flowers, and almond butter with a bright, spritzy, fruity sweet medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with notes of apple mint relish, vanilla cream, and melon balls with no oak flavor. A fun, fragrant spritzy off-dry sparkler that is perfect for dining al fresco.
Pas de Deux NV Off-Dry Sparkling Moscato
90 points
$20
Straw green color. Aromas of ripe pear, honeycomb, sweet ginger, honeysuckle, and fresh tarragon with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length magnolia, ripe melon, rosewater, lemon spritz, and acacia finish with no oak flavor. Concentrated floral notes that will bring a perfumed, spring-like cheer to everyday celebrations.
Wooden Shoe Vineyards 2018 Sparkling Albarino
90 points
$20
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime sorbet, tangerine zest, shale, and honeycomb with a satiny, lively, effervescent, light body and a silky, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of honeydew melon and toasted almond with no oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing sparkler with an alluring texture and minerality; superb for shellfish.
Wooden Shoe Vineyards 2017 Sparkling Moscato Rosé Willamette Valley
90 points
$25
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of candied pineapple and tropical citrus blossoms with a crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and an amusing, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of apricot sorbet, honeyed green apple, and lychee with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightfully floral and attractive sparkler with charm and finesse.
Bee D’Vine NV Brut Sparkling Honey Wine
90 points
$49
Emerald straw color. Aromas of wintergreen, exotic tropical fruits, and coriander spiced honeydew with a crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and an interesting, medium-length breadfruit, kiwi, guanabana, and powdered sugar and almond flour finish with no oak flavor. An interesting and exotically aromatic sparkler that will be fun to pair with.
Biltmore Estate NV Blanc De Blancs Sparkling American
89 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas of fresh mango and ripe apricot with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length toast and slivered walnut finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very solid sparkler with wide appeal; great for pairing, toasts, and celebrations.
Sterling NV Sparkling Rosé California
89 points
$35
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of ripe raspberries and strawberries, baked apple, and melon rind with a supple, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a brisk strawberry, caramel on toast, tropical fruit, mango and pineapple finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. This bright, snappy blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sparkles at any occasion.
Biltmore Estate NV Blanc de Noir Sparkling American
88 points
$25
Silvery amber color. Aromas of watermelon, raspberries and hibiscus tisane with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy dried cherry, blood orange and hint of spice finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A clean and effortlessly drinkable sparkler that will make a lovely aperitif.
Sterling NV Blanc de Blancs Chardonnay
86 points
$35
Golden straw color. Sweet aromas of vanilla syrup, tapioca pudding, coconut creme, and kumquat with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and an effortless, fast apricot yogurt and toast finish with light oak flavor. A friendly California sparkler for everyday enjoyment.
Frey NV Organic Totality Sparkling Wine Sierra Foothills
84 points
$48
Old gold color. Aromas of toasted corn muffins, dried apricot, nuts in honey, barnyard hay, and sherry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish light body and a peppery, breezy roasted agave and white pepper finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry and funky sparkler for the table.
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