Full Review

Don Rodolfo

Don Rodolfo
NV Extra Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Game

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 12% RS: 0.90%
Green Practices
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$12

Don Rodolfo
NV Extra Brut Sparkling Wine, Mendoza

Pair this wine with:
Cheese Chicken Game

Category: Other Sparkling

Date Tasted:
Country: Argentina
Alcohol: 12% RS: 0.90%
Yellow straw color. Earthy, funky aromas and flavors of pineapple yogurt, damp mossy earth, brie cheese rind, and bee pollen with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a fast finish with notes of kiwi and cantaloupe, wintermint, and grass with no oak flavor. A funky, earthy bubbly for cheeses and gamey appetizers.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Crisp & Lively, Fruity, New World & Savory
Aroma Aroma: pineapple yogurt, damp mossy earth, brie cheese rind, and bee pollen
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of kiwi and cantaloupe, wintermint, and grass
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: Escargot, Brillat Savarin, Cobb Salad
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A funky, earthy bubbly for cheeses and gamey appetizers.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
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Novato, CA 94949
USA
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Sparkling wine covers many countries, grape types and quality levels. What all of these wines have in common are bubbles.

How the bubbles get there define the type and quality of the sparkling wine. The most famous sparkling wine of course is Champagne, from the eponymous region in France. These are made by what is known as the Champagne or "classic" method, where the secondary fermentation that produces the sparkle is done in an individual bottle. Other sparkling wines that use this method include Franciacorta and Alta Langa in Italy as well as Cava from Spain.

Other sparkling wines are made when the bubbles (or carbonation) is created in large tanks. While there are many inexpensive, simple sparkling wines made in this method, there are some excellent examples, most notably Prosecco.

Sparkling wines in many cases are meant to be drunk upon release, although the best examples of Champagne can age well for more than a decade. As sparkling wine is celebratory in nature, it is often used for toasting a special event, such as an anniversary or birthday. Yet the finest dry sparking wines work beautifully with a huge array of foods. These wines are arguably the finest food wines in the world.