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90 • South Coast NV Sparkling Gewurztraminer, Temecula $18. Best Buy.
Bright straw green color. Bright aromas of apricot jam, pineapple cake, and yellow rose with a tangy, fruity medium body and a long, juicy apple an lemon curd accented finish. A deliciously fruity and easy-drinking sparkler that is perfect for parties. (tasted on Jul-07-2011)
89 • Gruet 2003 Gilbert Gruet Grande Reserve, Middle Rio Grande Valley $42.
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and coconut with a tart dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sour apple cider, lemon spritz, and walnut accented finish. A bold, mature, wood accented sparkler reminiscent of an older vintage Champagne. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
88 • Capay Valley Vineyards NV Sparkling Viognier, Capay Valley $13.99. Best Buy.
Very pale straw gold color. Herbal aromas of kumquat and grapefruit compotes and golden raisin chutney with a effervescent dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, savory lemon, thyme and chive accented finish. Very interesting. Serve with grilled vegetables and salmon dishes. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
88 • Sparkling Pointe NV "Cuvée Carnaval", North Fork of Long Island $27.
Pale straw green color. Yeasty bread dough and citrus marmalade aromas with a soft, effervescent light-to-medium body and a tangy melon gelato and nougat accented finish. A nice sparkler to serve with oysters Rockafeller or mushroom quiche. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
88 • South Coast NV Spumante Diamante, California $18.
Pale straw green color. Bright floral potpourri, pear and grape jelly aromas with a lively, effervescent fruity sweet medium body and a tangy apple, pineapple and strawberry shortcake finish. A fruity, sweet crowd pleasing sipper reminiscent of Moscato d'Asti. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
88 • South Coast NV Sparkling Pinot Grigio, Temecula $18.
Silvery straw color with a fine persistent mousse. Aromas of spicy apple sauce, caramelized pear, and melon sorbet with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy orange marmalade on cake finish. A refreshing, fruity crowd pleaser. (tasted on Jul-07-2011)
88 • Illinois Sparkling Co. NV Two Oaks Vineyard, "Franken", Shawnee Hills $30.
Pretty silver pink color. Aromas of watermelon and cherry sorbets and vanilla nut fudge with a tangy fruity medium body and a crisp, tangy sour cherry and pomegranate juice finish. Tasty and food friendly sipper. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
87 • Sparkling Pointe 2008 "Topaz Impérial", North Fork of Long Island $33.
Pale pink amber color. Yeast sour dough, chestnut, and cherry yogurt aromas with a dryish medium body and a tart, green apple and tilled earth finish. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
87 • South Coast NV Extra Dry Sparkling Wine, Temecula $18.
Lustrous golden amber color. Aromas of honey on toasted pound cake and baked apple with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a white strawberry, melon, and spice praline finish. (tasted on Jul-07-2011)
86 • South Coast NV Ruby Cuvee, Temecula $22.
Deep ruby violet color. Aromas of black raspberry-tomato chutney, rhubarb, candied apples and apricots with a supple fruity medium body and a blackberry phosphate and toasty toffee finish. Serve with bbq. (tasted on Jul-07-2011)
86 • Johnson Estate NV Estate Grown, "Golden Sparkles", Lake Erie $19.99.
Aromas of mossy limestone, lime yogurt, nougat and floral talc with a tangy fruity-yet-dry medium body and grapefruit and tangerine marmalade notes on the light sour, dusty earth finish. Pair with mussels or cold melon soup. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
86 • Illinois Sparkling Co. NV Hieland Hills Vineyard, "Stereo", Illinois $30.
Pale silvery straw green color. Aromas of honey roasted nuts, peach butter, and raisin toast with a crisp, round fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tart pineapple and a lime accented finish. Nice restraint and purity. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
85 • Illinois Sparkling Co. NV Hieland Hills Vineyard, "Heirloom", Illinois $30.
Pale ruby color. Bright aromas of plum, fresh meringue and strawberry fruit leather with a lightly effervescent dryish medium body and a touch of floral herbal soap and dried lemon on the finish. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
84 • Lynfred NV Sparkling Almond Wine, Lodi $25.
Very pale silvery amber color. Curious aromas of melon gelato and bold marzipan have a lotion-like quality with a crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a cinnamon almond cookie and lemon curd finish. Different, for fans of adventurous bubbly. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)
83 • South Coast NV "Natural", Temecula $18.
Golden silver color. Aromas of lime curd on toast with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a quick chalk and metallic mineral ore finish. (tasted on Jul-07-2011)
82 • Illinois Sparkling Co. NV Hieland Hills Vineyard, "Dollface Rosé", Illinois $30.|Find-a-Wine|
Electric scarlet color. Aromas dusty lightly musty pomegranate, mulberry, and peanut butter soft pretzel with a brisk fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a lemon curd and soap accented finish. (tasted on Jul-11-2011)