May 2020 - All Sparkling & Champagne

May 2020 - All Sparkling & Champagne
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling & Champagne Wines

All Sparkling & Champagne Reviews

Cupcake NV  Cava DO
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with honey, peach relish, lemon blossom, and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long stone fruit fritters, toffee with dried apricot, starfruit, and honey tea finish. A rich and flavorful Cava that is a pleasure to sip.
91 points $13 Best Buy
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Cava DO
89 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile tea, honey-ginger vinaigrette, rubber, sourdough, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a hot, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of rock candy, iris, and clementine with chewy, fruit tannins. A bold, distinctive and flavorful Cava.
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava DO
89 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, poached pears, caramel, chalk, brioche, tangerine, honeydew melon, and yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of apricot chutney and lime granita with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively, concentrated Cava that offers a lovely accompaniment to hors d’ouerves and more.
Paradise Ridge 2014 Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
88 points
$44
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of triscuits with butter, herb scones, and salted parker dinner rolls with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with shades of champagne vinaigrette, toasted nuts, and red delicious apple with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A vivacious Blanc de Blancs with assertive acidity; cellar this wine to unveil its full potential.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon cheesecake, popcorn, nougat, buttery pastry dough, and lemon blossom with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree finish manifesting accents of peach tart with no oak flavor. A lively effervescent refresher for casual celebrations.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of spring flowers, honeysuckle, apricot compote, and pineapple-coriander chutney with a vibrant, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish with notes of lemon supremes. A sweet, uplifting sparkler with tangy, balancing acidity.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach gummies, white flowers, honey, and green apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish conveying elements of apricot sorbet. A lively, candied, peachy sparkler that brings the fun.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon buttercream, green beans, ripe pear, lemon poppyseed muffin, and brioche with a supple, vibrant, foamy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a seamless, medium-long finish with accents of lemon tisane with honey and chalk minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very bright and crisp sparkler for everyday celebrations.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cup, pears in syrup, sweet banana, and honeyed apples with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with impressions of mandarins in syrup with no oak flavor. A friendly and fruity sparkler with a kiss of balancing sweetness.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Cupcake NV  Prosecco DOC
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon zest, lavender, and green apple with a silky, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, compelling, medium-length finish with accents of peppered water crackers, melon, and ripe pear with no oak flavor. A juicy, friendly Prosecco with a great sense of place.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Cupcake NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of pears, dried strawberry, melon rinds, parchment, and chalk with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, fast apple cider and honeysuckle finish. A breezy pink quaffer for hot days.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2013 Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
87 points
$55
Golden yellow color. Aromas of añejo tequila, parker dinner rolls, and peanut brittle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and an even, crisp meyer lemon and white grapefruit spritz finish. A vivacious sparkler with rich baked aromas.
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of lime sorbet, white peach and mango soufflé, chalk, and sweet meringue with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light body and a relaxed finish with accents of celery and mint with crunchy tannins. A juicy, almost-off dry Prosecco with a carefree attitude.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Sparkling Rosé California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Aromas and flavors of raspberry preserves on toasted croissant and cinnamon dusted green apple with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a tingling, fast finish revealing overtones of rose hips and cherry yogurt. A light and easy rosé sparkler for casual sipping.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
85 points
$9.99
Amber salmon color. Aromas and flavors of honeycomb, orange flower water, and sliced sugared strawberries with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, easy finish. Moscato fans will be drawn to this sweet sparkler.
85 points $9.99
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