Champagne & Sparkling Wine

Mar 032014
 
JCB No. 69 Rosé, Dry Sparkling Wine, Burgundy, $60 (S) – Rating 90

This is one of my favorite go-to dry sparklers because it has plenty of body, acidity and depth to enjoy with food or all on it’s own. 100% Pinot Noir from Burgundy, salmon-colored with lots of bubbles. Aromas of strawberry and delicate floral notes. An encompassing mouth-feel with crisp acidity and balanced flavors of raspberry, strawberry and bright red cherry. Subtle hints of strawberry jam on finish. Buy This Wine

Feb 272014
 
 JCB No. 65 Brut 2006 by Jean-Charles Boisset, French Sparkling Wine, CA, $60 (S) – Rating 92

A beautiful and expressive Blanc de Noirs Crémant de Bourgogne. The nose is soft, offering aromas of honeycomb combined with floral notes. Soft and round on the palate with balanced acidity. Creamy and well-integrated flavors of vanilla, ripe pineapple and other tropicals. A long toasty finish. Enjoy with  soft cheeses or creamy apps. Don’t wait for a celebration to experience. Buy This Wine

Dec 162013
 
J Vineyards & Winery Brut Rosé NV, Russian River Valley, CA, $38 (S) – Rating 91

Don’t wait for a celebration to enjoy this elegant and crisp rosé sparkler blended of 66% Pinot Noir, 33% Chardonnay and 1% Pinot Meunier. A beautiful salmon color with a nose of raspberry, strawberry and brioche yeast. Juicy acidity precedes notes of strawberry, raspberry and a bit of bright cherry. Raspberry and toasty yeast on the finish. Pair with anything creamy or go out on a limb with fried chicken. Buy This Wine

Jul 282013
 
2008 Schramsberg Vineyards Brut Rosé, North Coast CA, $42 (S) – Rating 92

Now that’s what I’m talking about! So delicious and decadent. A salmon colored blend of 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay sourced 39% from Napa, 36% Sonoma, 21% Mendocino and 4% Marin. Plenty of flavor yet elegant both in color and on the palate. A soft nose of strawberry and cranberry gives way to a crisp mouth-feel offering tart flavors of strawberry and cranberry with hints of spice, toasty yeast and sour cherry on the finish. Perfect food pairing acidity. Don’t wait for a celebration to enjoy this sparkler. Buy This Wine

Mar 252013
 
2011 Giordano Prosecco doc, Sparkling Wine, Veneto, Italy, $15 (S) – Rating 90

This is one Prosecco that should not be relegated to a mixer or mimosa. A crisp floral nose with notes of lemon and orange peel. A near perfect level of effervescence with a soft mouth-feel yet mouthwatering acidity.  Dry flavors of citrus with hints of tangerine and lime are enhanced by notes of yeastiness. Buy This Wine

Jan 122013
 
J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 Brut NV 25th Anniversary, Sonoma, CA, $26 (S) – Rating 92

The J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20, is in my opinion, one of the consistent great values in CA sparkling wine and the 25th Anniversary offering is no exception. Crisp and intriguing with a nose of apple, citrus and brioche. An elegant and full mouth-feel offering flavors of red apple, pear and minerality with a hint of sweet yeastiness and notes of caramel. The food pairing possibilities are limitless. Buy This Wine

Jan 022013
 
2009 V. Sattui Winery Prestige Cuvee, Brut, Sparkling Wine, Napa Valley, CA, $29 (S) – Rating 91

A pleasingly rich and creamy Brut with a satisfying nose of toasty vanilla. The blend of 80% Chardonnay and 20% Pinot Noir offers a surprisingly round  mouth-feel with crisp flavors of toast yeast, citrus and vanilla with barely a hint of sweetness. Very subtle notes of blood orange add to the finish. Buy This Wine

Dec 262012
 
 Gloria Ferrer Winery Blanc de Noir NV, Carneros, CA, $20 (S) – Rating 91

A fun fruit-forward sparkler made of 90% Pinot Noir and 10% Chardonnay. The salmon hue offers rich fruit flavors of cherry, raspberry, and ripe strawberry with notes of Meyer lemon and toasted French baguette on the dry finish. An excellent value sparkler for either sipping with friends or pairing with lighter fare. Buy This Wine

Dec 262012
 
Mumm Napa Brut Rosé NV, Napa Valley, CA, $24 (S) – Rating 90

Enjoy this beautiful pink sparkler any time…not just a special occasion wine. A blend of predominately Pinot Noir with a bit of Chardonnay offering flavors of ripe red berry, raspberry and cherry with notes of toasty brioche on the long dry finish. Well-balanced acidity makes for an engaging romantic sipper or excellent food pairing wine. Our pairing with grilled salmon was a big success. Buy This Wine

Dec 042012
 
2005 J Vineyards Vintage Brut, Russian River Valley, CA, $48 (S) – Rating 90

A rich blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir  and Pinot Meunier with deep yeasty notes. Balanced bubbles with a toasty butterscotch nose followed by flavors of red apple and citrus with hints of butterscotch and a kiss of sweetness. Cellar aged for 5 years before the early 2012 release creating a wonderful sparkler with plenty of personality. Buy This Wine