Tag: sparkling

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.

Segura Viudas Cava Brut Non-Vintage, Spain

This is tasty sparkling wine from Spain. Showing citrus, lemons, green apples, minerals, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity and small bubbles.

Nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Not bitter nor tart. Very tasty with mild complexity. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel.

Thank you Elvira for sharing.

A blend of 50% Macabeo, 35% Parellada and 15% Xarello. Made in the traditional method.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$10.

Vara Winery Silverhead Brut Cava Non-Vintage, Spain

Golden in color.

Strong nose of citrus, yeast, light grapefruits, red apples, spices, minerals and white pepper.

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

Dry on the palate with lemons, citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, bread, spices, vegetables, white pepper, yeast and minerals.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a very enjoyable sparkling wine from Spain. Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Crisp and refreshing.

This Cava is made in the traditional method.

Good by itself or with food. A nice pool too. I had it all by itself.

A blend of Macabeo, Xarello, and Parellada.

11.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

Faire la Fete Cremant de Limoux Brut Rosé Non Vintage, France

Light salmon in color.

Fruity nose with raspberries, strawberries, lemons, citrus, bread, green apples, grapefruits, spices, minerals and yeast.

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

Dry on the palate with citrus, green apples, grapefruits, bitter herbs, spices, yeast, strawberries, minerals, sea salt and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very elegant sparkling wine from France. Easy drinking with a nice mouthfeel. Shows nice complexity and good by itself or with food.

I paired it with a nice day by the pool.

Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$20.

Faire la Fête Brut Cremant de Limoux Non-Vintage, France

Pale lemon in color.

Nose of limes, grapefruits, citrus, yeast, bread, green apples, minerals and sea salt.

Medium bodied with medium plus sized bubbles and medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, limes, green apples, grapefruits, bread, yeast, bitter herbs, spices and earth.

Medium finish with bitter almonds.

This is a nice sparkling wine from the south of France. Easy drinking with food or without. Nicely balanced with nice acidity.

I paired it with 3 different Caviars, Whitefish, red Salmon and Lumpfish. Very tasty and interesting to compare.

Made in the traditional method.

12.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$17.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Saten Brut Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, earth, light peaches, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with tiny bubbles and high acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices, peaches, minerals, salt, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable sparkling wine from Italy. Nicely balanced with bright acidity.

Showing mild complexity and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Tasty and enjoyable.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes Aged for 7 months in oak barrels, and then 30 months on its lees.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.

Ca’ d’Or Winery Franciacorta Saten Brut Non Vintage DOCG, Italy

Pale lemon in color with a green hue.

Light nose of lemons, citrus, green apples, earth, light peaches, minerals and white pepper.

Medium plus in body with tiny bubbles and high acidity.

Dry on the palate with citrus, lemons, green apples, grapefruits, herbs, spices, peaches, minerals, salt, light yeast and white pepper.

Medium finish with tangy limes.

This is a nice surprise. A very enjoyable sparkling wine from Italy. Nicely balanced with bright acidity.

Showing mild complexity and better after 30 minutes of airtime. Tasty and enjoyable.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with soft and hard cheeses and crackers.

100% Chardonnay grapes Aged for 7 months in oak barrels, and then 30 months on its lees.

12% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$37.