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December 2019 - All Sparkling Wines US & International

December 2019 - All Sparkling Wines US & International
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling Wines US & International Wines

All Sparkling Wines US & International Reviews

Sidewood 2014 Isabella Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
92 points
$25
Pale golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried apricot, pressed flowers, nut-studded toffee, and strawberry jam with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish with notes of shortbread and marmalade. A serious sparkler with elegant fruit and sophisticated bubbles.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light silvery straw color. Floral, tropical aromas of peach-mango sorbet, coconut milk, and honeysuckle with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a smooth, interesting, long honeyed apricot and peach cobbler finish with no oak flavor. A delicious peach flavored wine with rich natural tasting flavor.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Estate Bottled Brut Cava Penedès DO
91 points
$12
Best Buy
Clear silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, nectarine, and grassy earth with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, long finish with accents of clementine, green apple, and limestone. A vibrant, spot-on Cava that captures the flavor, versatility and charm of the region and category.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Spanish Sparkling Wine
91 points $12 Best Buy
Cuvage NV Brut Sparkling Rosé Nebbiolo
91 points
$39.99
Topaz gray color. Inviting aromas and flavors of ripe cantaloupe, orange chiffon, rose hips, and toasted almond pastry with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish manifesting notes of fennel seed, tarragon, and pickled peach. A divine Nebbiolo Brut Rose sparkler that will pair effortlessly with hors d’ouevres and delight your guests.
91 points $39.99
Dellara NV Brut Cava DO
90 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Baked aromas of lemon custard-filled doughnuts, apple compote, yeasty dough, rubber leaf, and peach with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, cheery cheesecake, pressed flowers, and marcona almonds finish. A clean, bright, and refreshing Cava with a bubbly personality.
90 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry Sparkling California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Fruity, floral aromas of hot house flowers, fancy tropical fruit salad, and panettone with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, long pineapple sorbet, caramel green apple, and clementine finish with no oak flavor. A tangy, appetizing sparkler with great refreshing fruit and length.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery pink color. Floral, fruity aromas of lilacs, spiced peach sorbet, and lychee with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long dried apricot and green apple and tangerine shrub finish. A toothsome and mouthwatering sweet sparkling wine with nice versatility.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Mionetto NV iL Prosecco DOC
90 points
$11
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of peach and green apple, straw and wintergreen, melon rind, and hyacinth with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long quince, clementine, and nectarine finish. A very tasty and appetizing Prosecco for all occasions.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $11 Best Buy
Segura Viudas NV Sparkling Rosé Penedès DO
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of toasty baklava and berry butter with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a silky, delightful, medium-long finish with nuances of watermelon, kiwi, fresh raspberries, and minerals. A lovely rose sparkler with a fine balance of fruit and toasty yeastiness.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $12 Best Buy
Freixenet NV Cordon Negro Brut Cava DO
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Silvery emerald straw color. Artificial aromas and flavors of baked nectarine, praline, and green apple and pear with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with suggestions of lemon and kiwi relish, tangerine shrub, almond cookie, and hint of rubber leaf. A very tasty and appetizing Cava that is a fine example of the category.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Gratien & Meyer NV Brut Sparkling Crémant de Loire AOC
90 points
$18
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of flaky croissant, toasted walnut, herb butter, and heirloom apple with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a stimulating, medium-long honeycomb and white strawberry finish. A buoyant cremant that dances across the palate before delivering a richly layered finish.
Awards: '2019 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Sparkling Wine $20 and Under' Best Value French Sparkling Wine
90 points $18 Best Buy
Biltmore Estate NV Methode Champenoise Brut Sparkling American
90 points
$25
Pale straw color. Aromas of pear, candied walnut, pastry dough, and pressed flowers with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-long lemon chiffon and kiwi finish. Stupendously bright and celebratory with memorable length; this is a great sparkler for the holidays.
Sidewood 2015 Chloe Cuvée Sparkling Adelaide Hills
90 points
$25
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of toasted crumpet, butter-poached apples, roasted peach, hint of green olive, and chalk with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a smooth, charming, medium-long finish. A rich-yet-crisp toasty sparkler from Down Under; just lovely.
Henkell NV Brut Sparkling Germany
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of apricot preserves, lemon bar, white flowers, and wet slate with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium-long finish conveying notes of toasted fruit cake and lemon scone. A fresh and mineral-driven nose leads to a slightly toasty palate; elegant and friendly.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pineapple California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe mango, peach yogurt, and pineapple smoothie with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light body and a smooth, refreshing, breezy candied tangerine, sweet tea, and agave nectar finish with no oak flavor. A tropical sparkler that will be a very fun brunch soiree beverage of choice.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sweet Red Sparkling California
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant bright ruby color. Fruity aromas of pomegranate sauce, fruit cake, coconut cream pie, and cherry scented candle with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long tangerine sorbet, melon, and almond finish with fine, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A zesty, mouthwatering sparkling wine that will be fun with ’cue.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Floral, fruity aromas of fruit salad, lilacs, and pear and peach custard with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long lemon and orange relish, melon sorbet, and spiced green apple finish with no oak flavor. A fun fruity sparkler that’s not too sweet and sure to a be a hit a parties.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Sidewood 2015 Cassandra Blanc de Blancs Adelaide Hills
87 points
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of golden kiwi and pineapple yogurt with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of lemon soufflé, yellow apple, and buttered popcorn. A cheery and festive sparkler from down under.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Brilliant straw green color. Fruity, herbal aromas of mint green tea, apple-peach shrub, and lavender with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, moderately sweet medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-length spiced green apple and golden raisins finish with no oak flavor. A tangy appetizing sweet sparkler perfect for the patio.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Sparkling Rosé California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of honeyed quince, melon rind, and white strawberry with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length tangerine and almond skin finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tangy, mouthwatering bubbly rose pleaser.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Le Grand Courtâge NV Grand Cuvée Brut Sparkling Rosé France
87 points
$18.99
Steely pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of sugared strawberries, lemon custard, honeyed biscuit, and toasty croissant with a crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, breezy finish displaying impressions of honeydew melon and apple tart with no oak flavor. A friendly rose sparkler.
87 points $18.99
Cuvee No. 5 NV Brut Sparkling France
86 points
$5.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of ripe pear, bavarian creme, and lavender with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk coconut cream pie and marinated artichokes finish. A crisp, earthy sparkler for the table or buffet.
86 points $5.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Berry California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas of raspberry jam, rhubarb pie, and baked strawberry with a supple, lively, effervescent, very sweet light body and a smooth, brisk fruit punch and citrus wheels finish with no oak flavor. A sweet and tangy punch-like wine for parties.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Bollicini NV Lambrusco Italy
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of raspberry sorbet and strawberry jam with a slightly chewy, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy raspberry candies and graphite finish. An off-dry fruity Italian red sparkler with crispy tannins; a lighthearted salumi pairing.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Tarantas 2018 Sparkling White Valencia
85 points
$10.99
Golden straw color. Aromas of chamomile, dried peach, agave, and lemon heads candy with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length tea, toast with preserves, and yogurt finish with dusty tannins. A crisp and food-friendly sparkler.
85 points $10.99
Mionetto NV Extra Dry Sparkling Rosé Veneto-Trentino
85 points
$14
Bright salmon orange color. Aromas of cantaloupe, strawberry preserves, and honey with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, medium-length berry pie and granola finish. A friendly pink sparkler with fruity appeal.
Bollicini NV Sparkling Cuvée Italy
85 points
$15
Straw color. Aromas of dried grass and peach with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, carefree sliced lemon and white tea finish with leafy tannins. A juicy, spritzy Italian wine for aperitivo.
Le Grand Courtâge NV Grand Cuvée Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling France
85 points
$18.99
Straw green color. Aromas and flavors of toasted almond, apple cake, toasty pastry, and butter with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with notes of minerals and white peach. An easy-drinking, fruity sparkler for everyday celebrations.
85 points $18.99
Bollicini NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
84 points
$15
Salmon orange color. Fruity aromas of raspberry cobbler, cola, gelato, and bubble gum with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, buoyant sultanas and berry-studded muffin finish. A simple and friendly pink sparkler for daytime soirees.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
83 points
$9.99
Bright silvery emerald straw color. Curious aromas of wax candy, aloe leaves, and powdered citrus with a supple, tart, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, short-lived italian lemon juice and crabapple finish. A tart sparkler for the table.
83 points $9.99
Mionetto NV Prestige Brut Prosecco di Treviso DOC
83 points
$14
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of chalk and dried citrus with a soft, spritzy, bone-dry light body and a smooth, fleeting finish with nuances of sliced lemons and dried pear with no oak flavor. A crisp and mild prosecco for casual sipping.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Prosecco DOC
82 points
$9.99
Brilliant emerald straw color. Green, citrusy aromas of apple mint chutney, honeycomb, apple cider, and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet thin body and a smooth, brisk wheat grass and nut skin finish with no oak flavor. A funky, off-dry sparkler.
82 points $9.99
Days of Youth NV The Diver Sparkling Brut Rosé California
82 points
$15
Pink color. Aromas of panettone and raisins with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length dried strawberry and raspberry muffin finish. A full-bodied rose sparkler with rich notes of fruit cake and funky nuance.
Raccolte 2017  Lambrusco
81 points
$5.99
Ruby garnet color. Aromas and flavors of minestrone, strawberry candies, and cherry sauce with a glycerous, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a silky, quick finish that shows notes of hibiscus and citronella. A juicy and fun quaffer; serve with a good chill.
81 points $5.99
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