Best Inexpensive Sparkling Wine

220633
Johnson Estate
NV May Carbonated White Wine American
Bright yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grape jelly, wild lemon, and preserved peach with a round, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, medium-length roasted nuts, dried pineapple, and cream soda finish with coating, silky, soft tannins and a suggestion of oak. An exemplary sparkler with terrific effervescence and a nuanced approach to Vidal blanc.
94 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218969
Antech
2014 Cuvee Eugenie Brut Limoux
Light yellow straw color. Grassy aromas of hay, yellow delicious apple, honeycomb, and vanilla custard with an tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-long golden delicious apple, honeysuckle nectar, dried marigold, and honeyed biscuit finish with fruit, well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak. A lovely and vibrant summer wine.
94 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219960
Le Grand Courtâge
NV Grande Cuvee Brut Rosé France
Brilliant steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of fresh lemon peels, mixed melon balls, honey drizzle, and spring flowers and coconut husk with a silky, finely carbonated, dry light body and a nuanced, medium-long quartz-like minerality, sea salt, and edible flowers finish with fine tannins. Striking minerality, an elegantly fruity nose, and sophisticated texture will keep you coming back to discover new intricacies in this beautiful French wine.
94 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
217422
Primanatura
NV Prosecco DOC
Bright yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, citrus, melon rind, and straw and bread crust with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length nectarine skin and lime finish with crunchy, fruit tannins. A crisp, flavorful Prosecco for casual revelries.
93 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218968
Antech
2014 Emotion Limoux
Pale khaki orange color. Aromas of peach skin, mango bubble gum, chalk, and musk with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a refreshing, medium-long peaches and cream, dried papaya, nougat, and spiced lemon and apples finish with fruit, fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A great example of a clean, vibrantly flavorful French sparkler with a real sense of place.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219684
Acquesi
NV Brachetto Piemonte
Bright light ruby color. Perfumed, fruity aromas and flavors of candied strawberries, juicy apple, and peach blossom with a round, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and an interesting, medium-length ripe red apples finish with fine, fruit, cottony tannins. A great aperitivo or post-dinner wine.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220048
Chandelier
NV Sparkling Wine Italy
Brilliant straw green color. Fresh, clean aromas of pink grapefruit, fresh cut grass, spring rain in a flowery meadow, and dried coconut flakes with a round, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a delightful, cheery poached apricot and tangerine custard, maraschino cherry pit, tarragon, and apple skins finish with fine, fruit tannins and a suggestion of oak. A charming, balanced, and fruity wine to share with friends.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218970
Antech
NV Tradition Brut Limoux
Brilliant yellow straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of beeswax, green almond, clementine, and melon with a round, finely carbonated, dry light body and a complex, medium-long wildflowers, apricot, preserved lemon, and green almond finish with fruit, fine tannins and no oak. A round, well-balanced sparkler with bright acidity and an easy drinking appeal.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222043
Deshora
NV Brut Cava DO
Golden yellow color. Elegant aromas of pink apples, baklava, rosemary, baguette with floral jam, lime, and allspice with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a subtle, medium-long white peach, white flowers, apricot flesh and stone, and almond crescent cookies finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A fine cava with plenty of elegant intrigue sophisticated nuance; try cellaring!
92 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221035
Louis Revoir
NV Cuvee Prestige Brut Champagne
Bright straw color. Aromas of sour apple, pear, lemon rind, and yeast with a crisp, bubbly, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-length , and baking spice finish. A character-rich and sophisticated champagne.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab