Tag: sparkling

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.

Stoller Family Estate Chemistry Pinot Noir Rosé Bubbles Non Vintage, Willamette Valley, Oregon



A pretty color of salmon with a peachy hue.

On the nose citrus, limes, raspberries, earth and minerals.

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

Dry on the palate with lemons, strawberries, raspberries, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, earth and spices.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a nice and easy drinking sparking wine from Oregon. Nicely balanced and refreshing. Tangy and interesting.

Feels fresh and enjoyable by itself and with food. I paired it with light appetizers.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$28.

Henri Goutorbe “Special Club” Grand Cru Aÿ Brut Champagne 2008, France




Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of yeast, spices, apples, citrus, bread, minerals and white pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with citrus, apples, yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals and spices.

Medium on the finish with limes and almonds.

This is a nicely aged 14 year old Champagne. Showing great complexity at this point.

Tasty and interesting. Rich, yet elegant. Loved the mouthfeel and the well integrated bubbles.

Nicely balanced right now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

Good by itself or with food, and better after 30 minutes of airtime.

I paired it with a delicious grilled Octopus.

A blend of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Chardonnay. disgorged October 2020.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$90.

Moet & Chandon Dom Perignon Brut 2004 Champagne, France





Yellow in color with a light golden hue.

On the nose yeast, bread, lemons, earth, minerals, over ripen green apples and light grapefruits. Feels a little oxidized on the nose.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with lemons, over ripen citrus fruits, apples, bread, minerals, spices, herbs and earth.

Nice finish with light almonds.

Although this Champagne was not in its prime condition, it is always nice to drink and experience.

This 17 Year old champagne is a little oxidized for me, but I still enjoyed it. Showing great complexity at this point.

I paired it with a dish of layers of eggplant with ricotta, mozzarella and fresh basil.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$350.


Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne 1993, France




Celebrating our wedding anniversary, with a Vintage Champagne from the same year.

Light yellow in color with a golden hue.

Strong nose of bread, spices, earth, wet leaves, herbs, yeast, white pepper, lemons, yellow apples and river rocks.

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

Dry on the palate with light citrus, over ripen apples, spices, yeast, bread, river rocks, herbs and white pepper.

Short finish with limes.

This 28 year old Champagne is still delicious, although probably on its last leg.

Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Soft and elegant.

Not much fruit is left, but enough to make it tangy and interesting.

Thank you Judy for sharing this with us.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with caviar and good friends. Very tasty, especially with the caviar.

12% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$550.

Bollinger Limited Edition Rosé Champagne 2006, France

This is a delicious Vintage Rosé Champagne from a great vintage.

Showing lots of bread and yeast notes, citrus, over ripen apples, spices, minerals, white pepper, sea salt, light earth and herbs.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity, and nicely integrated small bubbles. Just the way I prefer it.

This 15 year old is very tasty now. Nicely balanced with lots of complexity.

Thank you John for sharing this with me.

Good by itself or with food. I didn’t need anything but a nice glass with it.

12% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

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.

Keush Wines Origins Sparkling wine Brut Non Vintage, Armenia



Say hello to my first Armenian wine!

Very light golden in color.

Nice nose of citrus, earth, bread, spices, light vegetables, herbs and white pepper.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and medium sized bubbles.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, herbs, yeast, light spices, river rocks, earth and white pepper.

Nice length on the finish with tangy limes.

This is a delicious sparkling wine from Armenia. Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 20 minutes of airtime to open and show the complexity. As it opens up, more yeast notes show up.

Good by itself or with food. Neither bitter nor tart. Really nice. A good quality wine. Feels like a French Crémant.

Paired very nicely with a French Petit Brie cheese.

A blend of 60% Voskehat and 40% Khatouni. Made in the traditional method. Aged for 22 months on its lees.

12% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$26.

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.