Category: California Sparkling

Macrostie Winery Sparkling Brut Rosé 2018, Sonoma Coast, California



Very light pinkish in color.

On the nose lemons, yeast, earth, limes, green apples, bread, spices, herbs and minerals.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Very dry on the palate with light raspberries, citrus, green apples, herbs, earth, minerals, limes, grapefruits, yeast and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and light almonds.

This is a young Sparkling wine from Sonoma Coast. Tangy, spicy and easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel.

Nicely balanced and delicate, with nice complexity. Crisp and refreshing.

This vintage sparkling wine Needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. Will pair nicely with oysters and seafood. I paired it with caviar.

A blend of 54% Chardonnay and 46% Pinot Noir. Aged in used French oak barrels. Disgorged in August 2021. Made in the traditional method.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$52.

Hawk and Horse Vineyards Sparkling Rosé of Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 , Lake County, California

Light salmon in color.

On the nose black currants, raspberries, spices, citrus, green apples, minerals, herbs and earth.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, strawberries, cherries, spices, earth, peppercorn, green apples and light grapefruits.

Nice length on the finish with spices and limes.

This is a delicious sparkling Rosé from Lake County in California.

Nicely balanced with nice complexity. Spicy and entertaining. Not bitter nor tart. Just right.

Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

I really enjoy these Cabernet Sauvignon sparkling wines.

Good by itself or with food. Easy drinking and good for parties. I paired it with a pulled chicken salad and a gorgeous view.

12.4% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$60.

Meadowcroft Wines Napa Valley Blanc de Blancs Non Vintage, California



Pale lemon in color.

On the nose grapefruits, green apples, white pepper, light limes and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, herbs, spices, minerals and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes and spices.

This is a very tasty sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Nicely balanced and tangy. Spicy and interesting.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Good right out of the bottle and better with airtime.

100% Chardonnay grapes from Napa Valley. A tiny production of only 122 cases.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$38.

Notre Vue Estate Winery Sparkling Rosé 2019, Chalk Hill, California


Pretty color of light orange.

Nose of earth, light strawberries, citrus, limes, grapefruits, light peaches, spices, river rocks and herbs.

Medium plus in body with medium size bubbles, and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with strawberries, raspberries, spices, herbs, green apples, red grapefruits, limes and spices.

Medium plus on the finish with limes.

This is a very enjoyable Vintage Sparkling wine from Chalk Hill. A very nice GSM blend. Nicely balanced and refreshing.

Shows nice balance between the fruits and earth notes, although earthier than I expected. Showing mild complexity, tangy and refreshing.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

I paired it with caviar, cheeses and crackers.

A blend of 52% Syrah, 32% Grenache and 16% Mourvedre. A very small production of only 180 cases.

13.1% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$45.

Castello di Amorosa Sprumante del Castello Brut 2017 Napa Valley, California

Pale lemon in color with a light golden hue.

Soft nose of citrus, lemons, apples, pears, yeast, white pepper, minerals and light spices.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, minerals, bread, spices, light yeast and white pepper.

Tangy finish with spices and limes.

This is a great Vintage sparkling wine from Napa Valley. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity, once it opens up.

Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years. Will age nicely in the next 5 to 10 years.

Needs an hour of airtime to open up properly. As it opens up, more bread and yeast notes show up. Reminds me of a good quality Champagne.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with a smoked salmon with heirloom tomatoes, yolk dust and crispy capers.

A blend of 73% Chardonnay and 27% Pinot Noir. Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$49.

Meadowcroft Wines Blanc de Blancs Non-Vintage, Napa Valley, California

This is a delicious sparkling wine from Napa Valley.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity. Nice mouthfeel with small bubbles.

Showing citrus, lemons, green apples, minerals, yeast, light earth, spices and white pepper.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity. Tasty and delicious.

Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

Very nicely balanced and good by itself or with food. I paired it with caviar.

A small production of only 122 cases.

12.9% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

Tank Garage Winery Pop Nat Non Vintage, California

Nice salmon in color.

Strong nose of yeast, bread, light watermelon, light cherries, limes and green apples.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, watermelon, minerals, yeast, biscuit and white pepper.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is my first Pet Nat. Interesting stuff and a nice surprise. Crisp and refreshing, and nicely balanced.

Good by itself, and has nice acidity to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses, crackers and fresh fruit (really nice with the Brie cheese).

100% Barbera grapes from a Single Vineyard in the Sierra Foothills.

10.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$36.

Korbel California Champagne Brut Non-Vintage, California

Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

Stinky nose of citrus, lemons, yeast, spices and white pepper.

Medium bodied with aggressive bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, spices, bitter fruits and black pepper.

Short spicy finish.

This is pretty much undrinkable. Unbalanced with a bad nose and not much on the palate. Might be too old or stored incorrectly.
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12% alcohol by volume.

70 points.

Wyclife Champagne Cellars California Champagne Brut Non-Vintage, California 

My Rating 87 Points.   

Price $9.


Very pale lemon in color, almost clear.
Great nose of tropical fruits, lemons, peaches, bananas and white flowers.

Light to medium bodied, refreshing and crisp, with medium acidity, and big tasty bubbles.

Off dry on the palate (definitely not brut) with apples, apricots, pears, lemons and tropical fruits.

Short finish with citrus and lemons.

An above average sparkling wine from California. Well balanced, but simple. Enjoyable by itself or with food, and good for parties.
Better when well chilled and very easy drinking.

I paired it with a chicken salad.

9.5% alcohol by volume.