Full Review

Stone Hill

Stone Hill
2010 Blanc de Blanc Methode Champenoise, Missouri

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .9%
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$18.99

Stone Hill
2010 Blanc de Blanc Methode Champenoise, Missouri

Pair this wine with:
Chicken

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 12% RS: .9%
Light golden yellow color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of sherry, potpourri, spiced golden delicious apples, and granola in yogurt with honey with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a charming, medium-length finish with accents of kiwi lime relish, green apples, and toasted nuts with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lovely example of a Missouri sparkling wine full of autumn spice.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Crisp & Lively
Aroma Aroma: sherry, potpourri, spiced golden delicious apples, and granola in yogurt with honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with accents of kiwi lime relish, green apples, and toasted nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Spiced Popcorn, Chicken Kebobs, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A lovely example of a Missouri sparkling wine full of autumn spice.

The Producer

Stone Hill Winery

The Producer
1110 Stone Hill Highway
Hermann, MO 65041
USA
1 573-486-2221

Their Portfolio

90 Cross J Vineyards 2013 Estate Bottled Red Wine, Norton, Hermann 13.4% (USA) $25.99.
86 Cross J Vineyards 2015 Estate Bottled, Norton, Hermann 13.9% (USA) $24.99.
84 Stone Hill NV Sweet Red Wine, Concord, Missouri 11.5% (USA) $7.99.
84 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled, Vidal Blanc, Hermann 12.8% (USA) $7.99.
85 Stone Hill 2015 Semi-Sweet , Vignoles, Missouri 12% (USA) $11.49.
86 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled, Traminette, Ozark Mountain 12% (USA) $11.49.
92 Stone Hill 2014 Red Wine, Chambourcin, Missouri 13.2% (USA) $12.99.
90 Stone Hill 2014 Estate Bottled Red Wine, Norton, Hermann 13% (USA) $19.99.
88 Stone Hill NV Hermannsberger Brand Red Blend, Missouri 13% (USA) $11.49.
88 Stone Hill NV Steinberg White Blend, Missouri 12% (USA) $11.49.
87 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Vignoles, Ozark Mountain 14% (USA) $15.99.
84 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Traminette, Ozark Mountain 12.7% (USA) $15.99.
90 Stone Hill 2010 Blanc de Blanc Methode Champenoise, Missouri 12% (USA) $18.99.
87 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled, Norton, Hermann 13.8% (USA) $17.99.
86 Stone Hill 2016 Estate Bottled, Vidal Blanc, Hermann 12.8% (USA) $7.99.
86 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled, Chardonel, Hermann 13.8% (USA) $9.99.
92 Stone Hill 2015 Chambourcin, Missouri 13.2% (USA) $14.99.
84 Stone Hill NV Steinberg Semi-Sweet Red, Missouri 12.8% (USA) $9.99.
88 Stone Hill NV Dry Rosé, Missouri 12.8% (USA) $9.99.
89 Stone Hill 2016 Semi-Sweet White, Vignoles, Missouri 12% (USA) $11.99.
86 Stone Hill 2016 Estate Bottled Semi-Dry White, Traminette, Ozark Mountain 12.2% (USA) $11.99.
89 Stone Hill 2015 Estate Bottled Reserve, Chardonel, Hermann 13.8% (USA) $24.99.
86 Stone Hill NV Camellia Sweet Rosé, Missouri 8% (USA) $9.99.
86 Stone Hill 2016 Ozark Hellbender Red Blend, Ozark Mountain 13% (USA) $9.99.
89 Stone Hill 2015 Estate, Norton, Hermann 13.8% (USA) $18.99.

Other Sparkling

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Serve in a Champagne Flute
Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.