About Sparkling Wines from USA

About Sparkling Wines from USA
The United States is one of the most important players in the wine industry. On sheer numbers alone, the US is the fourth largest country in terms of total production; but it is the outstanding quality of wines from the US that is an additional part of its worldwide prestige. While the first wines produced in the colonies date back to the late 18th century, it has only been since the mid-1960s that the US has entered the premium wine market on a large scale. California, especially Napa Valley and Sonoma County were the areas that drove the new quality movement. Other areas in California also were home to great wines; soon Washington and Oregon were home to first-class wines as well. New York State, especially the Finger Lakes are was rediscovered for its Rieslings and soon wineries started opening in states such as Texas, Virginia and North Carolina. Today, 90% of domestic premium wine is produced in California and there are several wine types that share the spotlight; these include Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, Pinot Noir from Sonoma's Russian River Valley as well as Santa Barbara County and Chardonnay from several regions, such as Monterey and Sonoma County. Bordeaux-styles reds from Washington State have received great acclaim as have Oregon Pinot Noirs. Today, the United States is in an enviable position of being one of the largest producers of wine as well as one of the most celebrated.

Top Picks for USA

Sparkling Wines

Damiani Wine Cellars 2013 Brut Méthode Champenoise Finger Lakes
93 points
White gold color. Floral, toasty aromas and flavors of orange marmalade and toasted brioche, spiced caramel apple in cast iron, and apple blossoms with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, very long finish manifesting impressions of caramelized citrus, roasted apples and pears, sautéed almonds, and minerals with a suggestion of oak flavor. A toasty, robust Champagne-like bubbly for fans of Krug.
93 points $42.99
William Heritage 2018 Blanc de Noirs Outer Coastal Plain
92 points
Pale gold color. Aromas of peach cobbler, honey, and toasted brioche with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry light body and an effortless, medium-length hints of white strawberry and baklava finish. A crisp and elegant Blanc de Noirs with nice texture and depth.
Stone Hill NV Demi-Sec Sparkling Wine Hermann
92 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of ripe peach, mango, lychee, lime, and tarragon with a round, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of pears in syrup with no oak flavor. A fresh, pure and exotic sparkling wine for fans of Gewurztraminer.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2012 Love Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
92 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of green apple, artisan pastry crust, and creamy caramel with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, delightful, medium-length lime zest and juice, buttered toast, and limestone finish. A bright, citrusy Blancs de Blancs that opens the palate with remarkable freshness for its maturity.
Lawer Estates NV Brut Reserve Sparkling Wine California
91 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of sweet bread, white peach, flint, pear, green kiwi, and almond with a supple, lively, bubbly, dryish light body and a tingling, medium-length yellow apple, chalk, and lemon curd finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright creamy, bubbly Brut full of rich traditional method flavors.
Buttonwood Grove Winery 2019 Bubbly Riesling
91 points
Best Buy
Pale emerald straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of kiwi, pineapple, petrol, banana, and ripe apricot with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, medium-length finish imparting overtones of peaches in syrup, sugared ripe tangerine, and sweet apples with no oak flavor. A fruity, easy-to-love sparkler; fun and fresh.
91 points $17 Best Buy
Winery of Ellicottville NV Bubbly Riesling
91 points
Best Buy
Straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apple fritters, hints of peach, and marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish displaying accents of shale and hints of toasted grain with well-integrated, crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. An absolute delight of a sparkling Riesling; this is a welcoming and sophisticated wine that can pair with just about any cuisine or occasion.
91 points $18 Best Buy
Bellview Winery NV Pet Nat Outer Coastal Plain
91 points
Cloudy pale steely amber color. Aromas of white peach, lime, and ginger with a round, vibrant, petillant, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long underripe melon, cracked pepper, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A fun and fruity Pet-Nat with bold Prosecco-esque peachiness, racy acidity and mouthwatering minerality; a true charmer for the natural set.
Lawer Estates NV Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine California
90 points
Light coral orange color. Aromas of flint, baked cherries, roasted marshmallow, pecan, watermelon, and fresh radish with a fizzy, medium-full body and a medium-long strawberry, lemongrass, and bay leaf finish. A nice balance of fruity and savory characters make this a Sparkling Rosé sure to pair with many foods.
Carter Creek Family Winery NV Brut Sparkling Temecula Valley
89 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of violet, mint, crumpets, and lemon curd with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, elegant, medium-long peach, persimmon, sea salt, and biscotti finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A charming Temecula Brut sparkler with great acidity and beautiful, dancing aromas.