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August 2018 - US Sparkling Wines

August 2018 - US Sparkling Wines
This month's Wine feature is US Sparkling Wines

US Sparkling Wines Reviews

Glenora 2014 Blanc de Blanc Sparkling Chardonnay
92 points
$29.99
Light straw color. Fruity aromas of peach skin and dehydrated strawberry with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length granny smith, lime zest, and Campari finish. A zippy little Blanc de Blanc; a prelude to a meal meant to impress.
92 points $29.99
Willamette Valley Vineyards 2015 Brut Sparkling Willamette Valley
91 points
$55
Medium straw color. Aromas of fallen green apple and grape with a lean, tart, petillant, dry medium body and a smooth, delightful, brisk kaffir lime, underripe green apple, and toast finish. A racy sparkling with acid to spare for opening up the palate.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas and flavors of lemon peel, underripe strawberries, nectarine, wheat grass, and wool with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, crisp finish with notes of strawberry confiture and gravel with no oak flavor. A tasty and balanced anytime sparkler.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
The Diver NV Sparkling Brut Rosé California
88 points
$16.99
Medium light siam color. Aromas of watermelon and biscuit with a soft, tangy, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk green strawberry and key lime finish. A spritzy rose sparkler for beginning the outdoor festivities.
88 points $16.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of starfruit, kiwi, passionfruit, and cream soda with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light body and a smooth, breezy peach gummies and lemon zest finish with no oak flavor. A tropical quaffer for effortless enjoyment.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Corner 103 2015  Vernaccia
87 points
$35
Clear straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon drop candies, marzipan, pineapple husk, croissant with honey, and white peach puree with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish displaying shades of chalk and petrol. Toasty lees notes take front and center in this unique Vernaccia sparkler; try cellaring!
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright emerald straw color. Aromas of key lime sorbet, peppermint, and white strawberry with a silky, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp lemon pith and flesh, orange sherbet, and apple lollipop finish. An easy-drinking fruity sparkler perfect for summer refreshment.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of golden apple, tropical fruit salad, and lemon oil with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a sleek, medium-length sweet cream butter, pear skins, and orange fruit slice candy finish. An easy drinking sparkler with wide appeal.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
85 points
$9.99
Straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach liqueur and peach gummy candy with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet medium body and a polished, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A spritzy wine that provides a boozy answer to peach Faygo.
85 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Berry California
85 points
$9.99
Light ruby color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet and tangerine oil with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a fleeting black raspberry lollipop finish with no oak flavor. A boldly berry flavored sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Clos du Bois 2017 Lightly Bubbled Off-Dry Rosé California
85 points
$12.99
Pale pink coral color. Fruity aromas of strawberry candies, dried pineapple, and coconut flesh with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet light body and a graceful, snappy guava, strawberry sherbet, and mango lollipop finish with no oak flavor. A simple pleasure of fruity, juicy gulpability.
85 points $12.99
Kessler-Haak 2015 Estate Grown Sparkling Rosé Santa Rita Hills
84 points
$60
Clear pale orange salmon color. Aromas of marinated strawberries, egg white omelet, and dressed greens with a supple, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, snappy lime spritz, apple fruit leather, and beets finish. A savory pink sparkler for earthy pairings.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
83 points
$9.99
Bright light siam color. Aromas and flavors of scented marker, strawberry jelly, and lilac with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light-to-medium body and a smooth, short finish evoking notes of charcoal filter. A sweet tooth’s friend.
83 points $9.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
83 points
$9.99
Straw color. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, iced peach tea, botan rice candy, and plastic cutlery with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light body and a polished, short lemon drop candies finish with no oak flavor. A very sweet sparkler that won’t let the sweet tooth down.
83 points $9.99
Hagafen 2015 Methode Champenoise Brut Rosé Napa Valley
83 points
$48
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas of 3 bean salad, goats milk, and sheep skin with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length lemon vinaigrette dressed kale and pickled white strawberry finish with well-integrated tannins. A crispy, funky rose sparkler for adventure-seekers.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
82 points
$9.99
Pale coral orange color. Aromas and flavors of vinyl, honey, orange blossom water, and peach jelly with a soft, vibrant, effervescent, cloying light body and a sleek, brief finish with no oak flavor. A peachy little number for sugar cravings.
82 points $9.99
Clos du Bois 2017 Lightly Bubbled Off-Dry Chardonnay
80 points
$12.99
Emerald straw color. Curious aromas of brown butter, spinach, boiled apples, and banana peel with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, crisp orange cordial, raspberry lip balm, paperboard, and sponge finish. A curious sparkler with redeeming sweetness.
80 points $12.99
Frey 2007 Organic Totality Sparkling Wine Sierra Foothills
80 points
$48
Medium gold color. Mature aromas of fallen golden apple, almond skins, sherry, and dried apricot with a satiny, soft, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, swift hint of nail polish remover finish. An interesting sparkler with an oxidative character.
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