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May 2020 - All Sparkling & Champagne

May 2020 - All Sparkling & Champagne
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling & Champagne Wines

All Sparkling & Champagne Reviews

Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Blanc de Blancs Champagne
93 points
$113.90
Golden straw color. Aromas of crepes with butter, lemon curd, apples in caramel, forest mushrooms, and honeyed brioche with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, elegant, medium-long ripe peach, yuzu, chamomile tea and minerals finish with grippy tannins. A svelte Champagne with precise acidity that grips the palate with confidence and elegance.
93 points $113.90
Cupcake NV  Cava DO
91 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of brioche with honey, peach relish, lemon blossom, and lemon zest with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a seamless, complex, long stone fruit fritters, toffee with dried apricot, starfruit, and honey tea finish. A rich and flavorful Cava that is a pleasure to sip.
91 points $13 Best Buy
Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Brut Champagne
90 points
$92.90
Light old gold color. Aromas and flavors of marzipan, walnuts in toffee, apricot chutney, and pressed flowers with a round, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of parker dinner rolls and butter with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bold and commanding Champagne with mature, nutty character.
90 points $92.90
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Cava DO
89 points
$18
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of chamomile tea, honey-ginger vinaigrette, rubber, sourdough, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a hot, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of rock candy, iris, and clementine with chewy, fruit tannins. A bold, distinctive and flavorful Cava.
VARA NV Silverhead Brut Reserva Cava DO
89 points
$23
Yellow straw color. Inviting aromas and flavors of toasted nuts, poached pears, caramel, chalk, brioche, tangerine, honeydew melon, and yuzu with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with overtones of apricot chutney and lime granita with well-integrated tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A lively, concentrated Cava that offers a lovely accompaniment to hors d’ouerves and more.
Paradise Ridge 2014 Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
88 points
$44
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of triscuits with butter, herb scones, and salted parker dinner rolls with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish with shades of champagne vinaigrette, toasted nuts, and red delicious apple with crunchy tannins and no oak flavor. A vivacious Blanc de Blancs with assertive acidity; cellar this wine to unveil its full potential.
Heritage Prince Henri D’Orléans NV Brut Rosé Champagne
88 points
$91.90
Amber color. Aromas of fruit and nut press, butter-poached strawberry, and green olives with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and a polished, interesting, carefree caramelized berries, foccaccia, and salted almonds finish with coating tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A mature rosé Champagne with heavy notes of cooked fruit and toasted nuts.
88 points $91.90
Cupcake NV Sparkling Rosé Italy
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas of pears, dried strawberry, melon rinds, parchment, and chalk with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry light body and a smooth, fast apple cider and honeysuckle finish. A breezy pink quaffer for hot days.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Paradise Ridge 2013 Late Disgorge Blanc de Blanc Russian River Valley
87 points
$55
Golden yellow color. Aromas of añejo tequila, parker dinner rolls, and peanut brittle with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry medium body and an even, crisp meyer lemon and white grapefruit spritz finish. A vivacious sparkler with rich baked aromas.
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