Posts Tagged Sparkling

NV Perrier-Jouet ‘Grand Brut, Champagne, France

Medium straw in hue, this sparkler has a rich, toasty nose of ripe apple, stone fruit, cherry pit, minerality and some leesiness. The mouthfeel is creamy, with engaging sweet/tart fruit, and the finish lingers, with notes of toast and buttered... Read more

NV Mumm ‘Cordon Rouge’ Brut, Champagne, France

With a very fine mousse and a light straw color, this French bubbly is quite toasty, with wet stone minerality and some evident citrus. It’s rounder in the mouth than the subtle nose would suggest, with a juicy finish that persists in the mouth.... Read more

NV Mumm Napa ‘Brut Prestige,’ Napa Valley

Brilliant light straw in hue with persistent bubbles, this sparkler shows off its fruit in a “California style.” Impressions of sweet apple, peach, light lees and toast lead to a fat mouthfeel, where the sweet fruit is joined by a note of... Read more

NV Marc Chauvet Champagne Brut Séléction

Opened alongside Agrapart's entry level, Chauvet's entry level is leaner and more compact. Preserved lemon, kiwi, fresh cream and green apple. Ample acidity, with a raciness to the bubbles. Lively and a very good value, this is likely to satisfy... Read more

NV Agrapart “Terroirs” Brut Blanc de Blancs Champagne

Mineral-driven blend from Grand Cru vineyards, this is Agrapart's entry level, but what an impressive wine. Yeasty nose of oxidized, roasted apple, butterscotch, beurre noisette and fresh pear. Gripping mouthfeel with lively bubbles. MSRP: $45... Read more

NV Andrea Calek Blonde, Ardeche, Vin de Pays, France

Calek has a personality more becoming of a rockstar than a winemaker, with a penchant for occasionally going into hiding and living a mad-cap, out-of-control-hair-day existence out of a trailer in the Ardeche. But his wines are some of the most... Read more

2009 Laetitia Brut Rosé, Arroyo Grande Valley

The color is a pale bronzed orange, showing a persistent thread of medium-bead bubbles. Deep aromas of toast, terroir, and fleshy cherry fruit lead to a creamy, mouth-filling impression on the palate. Plump and lush for a sparkling wine, it... Read more

NV Laetitia Brut Cuvée, Arroyo Grande Valley

Medium straw color with glints of bronze. It sports a persistent mousse with medium to fine bubbles. The forward nose shows lots of toast and yeast, followed by honey-kissed citrus. On the palate, the honeyed lemon is joined by some cherry and apple... Read more

2012 Frisk ‘Prickly Rosso,’ Victoria, Australia

Using a 50/50 combination of traditional Italian Dolcetto grapes and more familiar Merlot grapes, the Frisk team has fashioned a spritzy red that’s perfect for festive occasions or lounging around the pool. The color is nearly transparent neon... Read more

NV Sparkling Pointe ‘Cuvee Carnaval,’ North Fork of Long Island

Is there someone in your life who will drink no sparkling wine other than Moscato? It’s time to introduce them to something a bit more, uh, sophisticated. This is a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend that also includes a splash of one other varietal:... Read more