Top 10 Sparkling Wines of the Holiday Season

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Quite yeasty on the nose with some lovely, pithy citrus fruit notes that recall lime oil. Very fine mousse in the mouth with a touch of sweetness early on then more acid driven flavors of tart apples doused with lemon juice over a nice base of evolved, leery character. Finishes stingily with a return of a sweet edge and nice lifted inner mouth notes of flowers and brioche over a base of orchard fruits. Easy to enjoy and fairly complex and elegant at this price. 89pts

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NV Gruet Brut Blanc de Noirs New Mexico 12.5% $16

Tart pears and apples greet the nose over a bed of fresh yeasty notes and a touch of strawberry cream. On the palate this is citrus at first, gaining nuanced apple and strawberry flavors across the mid palate, all paired with a gentle yeasty character. A hint of creaminess grows on the palate, along with a gentle underlying sweetness that lends this a fruity nature that slips back under the acidity on the finish, a finish which shows a lovely hint of herb and faint red fruit notes. Almost a rose and very good in the style.  87pts

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NV Pol Roger Champagne Extra Cuvee de Reserve 12.5% $45

Complex on the nose with layers of blanched and raw nuts, white mushroom, grass, pineapple, lime and almond nougat with a hint of flintiness. A little sweet one entry, this is rich and creamy with a lovely lushness to it and early apricot fruit. The acidity pops on the back end, bringing the pineapple and lemon fruit flavors to the fore. The finish is subtle and long, spicy with a tangy minerality. I like this very much. 92pts

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2002 Laurent-Perrier Champagne Millesime 12% $60

This is fine and firm on the nose with chalky aromas, spicy floral and honey notes and a base of spicy, nutty almost meaty notes. This has knife edge balance with rich lemon, almond and apricot flavors early on and a really seductive interplay of acid and sweetness. From the nervous front this flows into a creamy and deeply leesy back end full of subtle cheesy complexity with faint hints of toasty spice. Finishing crisply and firmly if a touch subtle with lemon and mineral flavors, this is a beautiful expression of Champagne. 93pts

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NV Charles Heidsieck Champagne Brut Reserve 12% $65

Floral and cheesy/leesy on the nose this also shows off wonderfully fresh lemon fruit.  Firm and super clean on the palate, this is clear as a bell with fine pithy lemon fruit over gentle but well-delineated almond, wildflower and citrusy flavors. This really pops on the finish where the flavors gain height in the mouth and depth. The finish is really quite long and driven by the fine citrus fruit here. A wine with a distinct purity about it. 93pts

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Top 10 Sparkling Wines of 2012 Holiday Season

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Naveran Cava Brut Reserva Blanc de Blancs (2009)
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Weingut Schloss Koblenz Weisslack Trocken Sekt (NV)
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Extra Brut Bianchi Prosecco (NV)
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Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Heredad Cava (NV)
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J. J. Vincent et Fils Brut Cremant de Bourgogne (NV)
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Ferrari Brut Trento (NV)
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Gruet Blanc de Noirs Brut (NV)
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Laurent-Perrier Champagne Blend Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut (2002)
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Pol Roger Extra Cuvée Brut Réserve White Foil (NV)
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Brut Reserve Champagne By Piper & Charles Heidsieck (NV)
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  • Nine of the wines you have select are an excellent choice, but the one from Argentina I disagree, in this country we are developing outstanding sparkling wines, but the one from Bianchi you have choosen it´s not one off them, it´s good, but no enough to be in that list, I suggest you make some research, and you will find a lot of other superior wines to select.

    Dec 30, 2012 at 8:21 PM


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