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January 2016 - All International Sparkling

January 2016 - All International Sparkling
This month's Wine feature is All International Sparkling Wines

All International Sparkling Reviews

Roland Champion NV Cuvee Aramis Brut Champagne
95 points
$49.99
Brilliant pale yellow straw color. Lively, complex aromas of honeyed biscuit, buttery praline, and poached asian pear with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long creme brulee, white balsamic reduced lemon, spiced nuts and tangerines, and grassy earth and minerals finish with well-integrated, fine tannins. A layered and vibrant champagne with cascading waves of fresh and mature flavors.
95 points $49.99
Wolfberger NV Brut Cremant dAlsace
94 points
$21.99
Straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy aromas of green apple pastry, peaches in cream, and lemon chiffon with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-long white nuts, lime-pineapple sorbet, and minerals finish with no oak flavor. A refreshing, tangy sparkling wine that will shine at the table.
94 points $21.99
Schlumberger NV White Secco Austria
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Bright medium gold color. Lively, fruity, tropical toasty aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango pastry, parsley, coconut, and smoky minerality with an even, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with accents of tangerine, nut brittle, molasses cookie, and diesel with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nicely nuanced sparkler with a nice sense of place.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Ruggeri NV Gialloro Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
93 points
$21.99
White gold color. Delicate aromas of almond praline, sweet cream, kiwi, and banana custard with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, long spiced apple and melon, sweet citrus, and minerals finish with silky tannins and no oak flavor. A fantastically smooth and flavorful Prosecco with an elegant style.
93 points $21.99
Roland Champion NV Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Champagne
93 points
$54
Golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, toasty leesy aromas of honeyed brioche and apple tart with a satiny, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, relaxed lemon curd, nougat, and chalk finish with silky, soft, fruit tannins. A classic example of blanc de blanc champagne, delicious.
Ruggeri NV Argeo Prosecco DOC
92 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Brilliant silvery straw color. Delicate aromas of honeycomb, spiced melon and apple, and pink peppercorn with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, distinctive, long tangerine, delicate herbs, and pickled kumquat finish with fine, fruit tannins. A delicious, mouthwatering Prosecco with a savory twist.
92 points $15.99 Best Buy
Carod Freres NV  Muscat
92 points
$17.99
Best Buy
White gold color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of lychee and peony with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long finish conveying nuances of clementine, Meyer lemons, and honeyed apples with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty and delicious off-dry sparkler.
92 points $17.99 Best Buy
Schlumberger NV Rosé Secco Burgenland
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Brilliant salmon orange color. Lively, inviting, curious fruity aromas and flavors of berries and peaches in cream, custard, and sweet spices with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish revealing overtones of cherry tart with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious, appetizing sparkling wine that is sure to be a hit at parties.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Rinaldi 2013  Moscato dAsti DOCG
92 points
$22.99
Bright pale light silvery emerald color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach soda, apple sauce, and pear skin with an even, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of orange sherbet, honeyed apricots, and chalk with fine, dusty, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A light and lively Moscato d’asti.
92 points $22.99
Hansen-Lauer 2013 Sekt Riesling Brut Mosel
92 points
$24.99
Golden yellow color. Lively, complex aromas of roasted lemons and peaches, vanilla toffee, and grass with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, nuanced, long dried mango and papaya, lemon curd, gravel, and hint of fuel finish with no oak flavor. A richly flavorful and multifaceted sparkler.
92 points $24.99
Cortenova NV Spumante Prosecco di Treviso DOC
91 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of roasted lemons and kiwis, green nectarine, nougat, and grass with a soft, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of spiced clementine and delicate herbal honey with silky, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delicious, nicely layered Prosecco with an elegant style.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Sweet Moscato Italy
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant light straw color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of peach granita, candied lemon peel, honeyed golden raisins, and vanilla cookie with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish conveying touches of spiced tangerine, orange blossom water, and minerals with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty and lively sweet sparkling wine.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Colmant NV Brut Reserve Western Cape
91 points
$28.95
Yellow straw color. Bright, fruity, creamy leesy aromas of lemon chiffon, nougat, brioche, and balloon with a full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long honeyed lemon and mango and toast finish with no oak flavor. A very zesty, lemony sparkler that will cut through rich foods like a knife.
91 points $28.95
Veuve Monsigny NV Brut Champagne
90 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of brioche and delicate spiced apple and banana with a satiny, tangy, fruity medium body and a captivating, medium-long lemon chiffon, tart nectarine, cream, and minerals finish. A nice zesty, appetizing champagne that will be quite versatile.
90 points $17.99 Best Buy
Charles Duret NV Brut Cremant de Bourgogne
90 points
$19.99
Pale light steely pink color. Bright, creamy, toasty aromas of caramel vanilla scone, baked pear and apple, and white strawberry with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long caramelized lemon and lime, chalk, and pickled melon finish. A crisp, dry-yet-fruity, mouthwatering French sparkler.
90 points $19.99
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Orange Fior dArancio Colli Euganei DOCG
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Clear light straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed peaches, golden raisins, and orange gelatin with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, sweet medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of orange sorbet with no oak flavor. A very tasty sparkling dessert wine reminiscent of a Moscato d’asti.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Austria
89 points
$20
Bright clear medium straw green color. Bright, creamy, attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla nougat, peaches and cream, and apple custard with an even, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy finish that presents suggestions of roasted lemons and peaches and spiced melon with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty, refreshing sparkler.
Wolfberger NV Rosé Brut Cremant dAlsace
89 points
$21.99
Medium silvery pink color. Bright, interesting, savory aromas of pickled cherries and carrots, vanilla nut brittle, and pomegranate molasses and vinegar with a soft, racy, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, buoyant cranberry chutney and spiced lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A mouthwatering, savory rose sparkler that will shine at the table.
89 points $21.99
Caveau du Mont July NV Bugey Cerdon Savoie
89 points
$23.99
Reddish amber color. Delicate, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of baked cherries, mulberries, and geranium with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy finish revealing nuances of cranberry compote, raspberries, chalk, and nutskin with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins. A crisp, refreshing French sparkler.
89 points $23.99
Ruggeri 2014 Giustino B. Superiore Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
89 points
$31.99
White gold color. Delicate, nutty aromas of nougat, vanilla cream, spiced apple, and nectarine with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long lemon curd, key lime, grassy earth, and chalk finish with fine tannins and no oak flavor. A robustly flavorful Prosecco with an earthy finish.
89 points $31.99
Stella Rosa NV Extra Dry Prosecco DOC
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Bright light white gold color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of meringue, kiwi, and mint with an even, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-length finish that presents suggestions of nectarine skin, lime, and chalk with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A nice fruity, bright and appetizing Prosecco.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV  Brachetto dAcqui DOCG
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Interesting, spicy aromas and flavors of fresh cut pine and cedar, turmeric, white peppercorn, and mulberry compote with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, elegant, medium-long finish displaying accents of black raspberry and cherry jams, herbal tea, and pomegranate molasses with no oak flavor. An intriguingly spicy sparkling red dessert wine with lots of foresty, turmeric notes.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Stella Rosa NV Sparkling Moscato Rosé Italy
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Pale salmon orange color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of cranberry-pomegranate relish, tropical fruit custard, and honeyed herbs with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish evoking nuances of lemon-orange sorbet and cherry cough drop with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A fun, lightly herbal fruity sweet sparker.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Rosé Burgenland
88 points
$20
Pale steely pink color. Bright, creamy aromas and flavors of lime chiffon, peach gelato, and strawberries in cream with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, carefree finish displaying suggestions of citrus, melon, and mocha praline with leafy, fruit tannins. A nice, drier styled, adult sparkling rose.
Schlumberger 2012 Brut Gold Austria
88 points
$20
Pale emerald straw color. Bright, interesting aromas and flavors of peanut brittle and lime custard tart with an even, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, carefree finish manifesting touches of honeyed tangerine and ripe nectarine with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A very tasty, very fruity crowd pleasing sparkling wine.
Serre NV Spumanti Dry Colsenta Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
87 points
$24.99
Bright light bright gold color. Bright, savory aromas and flavors of painted wood, nectarine pits, roasted squash and turnips, and balloon with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish with shades of yellow apple, nutskin, and chalk with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An interesting savory Prosecco for the table.
87 points $24.99
Gaudrelle NV Brut Crémant de Loire
86 points
$25
Brilliant white gold color. Toasty, savory aromas of spinach mushroom tartlet and latte with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, interesting, medium-length caramel baked apple and peach, mocha cream, and almond nougat finish. A smooth and creamy sparkler that will make a lovely brunch sparkler.
Diama Sparkle NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé Italy
83 points
$16
Pale light salmon orange color. Delicate, fruity, spicy earthy aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and watermelon rind, vanilla nuts, and dried flowers with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, relaxed finish with accents of yeasty lemon pastry, mossy earth, and parchment with fruit tannins and no oak flavor. An earthy sparkling wine for the table.
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