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October 2020 - All Sparkling Wine

October 2020 - All Sparkling Wine
This month's Wine feature is All Sparkling Wines

All Sparkling Wine Reviews

Kirkland Signature NV Brut Champagne
89 points
$19
Light gold color. Aromas of freshly peeled lemons and oranges, pineapple, coconut cream, sultanas, candied nuts, toasted brioche, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long apricot chutney, caramel on shortbread, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A rich, fuller-bodied Champagne packed with spot-on flavors.
Carter Creek Family Winery NV Brut Sparkling Temecula Valley
89 points
$24
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.
Cuvage 2016 Rosé Brut Nebbiolo
89 points
$33.99
Bright silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of rose hip jam, raspberry jelly, violet flowers, and fresh cut grass with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry light-to-medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish with notes of lemon curd and rose petals. A friendly, pretty Brut Rosé sparkler that tickles the palate and will delight Nebbiolo lovers.
89 points $33.99
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Cuvée Sparkling California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of lemon buttercream, green beans, ripe pear, lemon poppyseed muffin, and brioche with a supple, vibrant, foamy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a silky, medium-long lemon tisane with honey and chalk minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A very bright and crisp sparkler for everyday celebrations.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Extra Dry California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas of lemon cheesecake, popcorn, nougat, buttery pastry dough, and lemon blossom with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy peach tart finish with no oak flavor. A lively effervescent refresher for casual celebrations.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Moscato Spumante California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of spring flowers, honeysuckle, apricot compote, and pineapple-coriander chutney with a vibrant, effervescent, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length lemon supremes finish. A sweet, uplifting sparkler with tangy, balancing acidity.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Peach California
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas of peach gummies, white flowers, honey, and green apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy apricot sorbet finish. A lively, candied, peachy sparkler that brings the fun.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Pinot Grigio
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of fruit cup, pears in syrup, sweet banana, and honeyed apples with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length mandarins in syrup finish with no oak flavor. A friendly and fruity sparkler with a kiss of balancing sweetness.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Carter Estate 2015 Blanc De Blancs South Coast
87 points
$40
Golden straw color. Aromas of spiced apple chutney, baked peach, toasted baguette, coconut, and candied walnuts with a satiny, racy, finely carbonated, dry light body and a smooth, rapid tart lemon and grapefruit, cranberry, sea salt, and minerals finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dry, racy sparkler for cheese and hors d’ouevres.
Barefoot Bubbly NV  Prosecco DOC
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas of lime sorbet, white peach and mango soufflé, chalk, and sweet meringue with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, off-dry light body and a crisp celery and mint finish with crunchy tannins. A juicy, almost-off dry Prosecco with a carefree attitude.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Barefoot Bubbly NV Brut Sparkling Rosé California
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Amber salmon color. Aromas of raspberry preserves on toasted croissant and cinnamon dusted green apple with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry light body and a tingling, brisk rose hips and cherry yogurt finish. A light and easy rose sparkler for casual sipping.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Days of Youth NV The Diver Brut Sparkling California
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of scones with cultured butter, orange marmalade, honey, and lime with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length pineapple and apricot finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun toasty sparkler that hits all the notes.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Carter Estate 2015 Brut Sparkling South Coast
86 points
$35
Pale light amber color. Aromas of lemon peel, green apple, baked pear, lavender, and champagne vinaigrette with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, dryish light body and a smooth, buoyant golden apples and buttery puff pastry finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, distinctive Brut sparkler.
Barefoot Bubbly NV Sparkling Pink Moscato California
85 points
$9.99
Amber salmon color. Aromas of honeycomb, orange flower water, and sliced sugared strawberries with a satiny, tangy, effervescent, very sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy finish. Moscato fans will be drawn to this sweet sparkler.
85 points $9.99
Adulting NV Sparkling White Wine
85 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas of peach, floral bouquet, and lime curd with a supple, bright, spritzy, dryish light body and a smooth, fast ripe pear and hints cardamom finish with no oak flavor. An easy drinking, Prosecco-like sparkler that will work well as an Aperitivo.
Carter Estate 2015 Blanc de Noir South Coast
85 points
$35
Pale steely orange color. Aromas and flavors of croissant sandwich, toffee, crushed nuts, ginger, and hints of mustard with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish imparting shades of toast and stone with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fun, rounded toasty sparkler to pair with cheeses.
Adulting NV Sparkling Rosé Wine
84 points
$19
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of fallen strawberry and persimmon with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a polished, brisk finish with notes of pear and hints of soft cheese with no oak flavor. A crisp and breezy pink sparkler for casual celebrations.
Akash Winery 2018 Parlez-Vous Sparkling Rosé Temecula Valley
83 points
$59
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of lingonberry preserves, overripe strawberry, cranberry-orange muffin, peppermint, and rose kombucha with a satiny, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A wild and berry-centric sparkling Rosé with fun, palate-awakening acidity.
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