Best Cellar Selections For Sparkling Wine

222418
Castellroig
NV Brut Cava DO
Clear straw green color. Fresh, yeasty aromas and flavors of greenhouse, cucumber, white flowers, palmier cookie, and dried tropical fruit with a round, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-length finish with soft, fruit tannins. A rich and yeasty cava for celebrations and toasts.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222328
Bernard Remy
NV Prestige Cuvée Brut Champagne
Light gold color. Leesy, fruity aromas and flavors of white peach, honeycomb, key lime, allspice, and lemon curd on croissant with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intricate, medium-length raw almonds, buttercream with nutmeg, caramelized root vegetables, and celery leaves finish with fine tannins and light oak. A flavor packed, must-try, NV Champagne.
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
220632
City Winery
2012 Brut Nature North Fork of Long Island
Bright golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas of butter poached apple and fennel with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length grapefruit zest, caramel pecan tart, nutmeg, and chalk finish with well-integrated, medium tannins. A crisp and sophisticated domestic blanc de blanc for celebrations.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220615
Veuve Doussot
2013 Cuvee Ernestine Brut Champagne
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of walnut studded bread, fresh blini with creme fraiche, caviar, and nutmeg with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length dried chamomile, dried apple, and white pepper finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice vintage Champagne with pleasing salinity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
222370
Newport Vineyards
2014 Brut Cuvée Sparkling Southeastern New England
Pale light golden amber color. Yeasty, fresh aromas of apricot, lemon curd, fresh croissant, and roasted nuts with a round, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an intriguing, medium-length kumquat, sea spray, and bread and butter pickles finish with fine tannins and a suggestion of oak. A tangy sparkler; serve with caviar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab