Top 15 Classic Sparkling Wines for the Holidays

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2005 Domaine Carneros by Taittinger Le Reve Blanc de Blanc Carneros Napa $85

Dry, earthy and fairly dense on the nose with notes of white flowers, brie rind, dried citrus fruits and butcher’s wax. Very fine mousse in the mouth, this is elegant and really has a wonderful texture, rich yet delicate with good finesse. The flavors are dense if not fresh with earthy floral, waxy, polleny notes over dried citrus fruit and dried pineapple. Theres a nuttiness that emerges on the finish as well, which shows both the acid backbone of this wine as well as a lovely creamy edge. An old man in a leather chair kind of Sparkler. 93pts

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  • Snooth User: dkstar1
    482017 31

    that headline is grossly misleading (and inaccurate).

    Dec 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM


  • Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
    Hand of Snooth Voice of Snooth
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    You are absolutely correct. An error in production that I should have caught. I've changed the title here, but it will remain Champagne in your email. My apologies

    Dec 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM


  • Snooth User: SM
    1097030 218

    Thanks for the information Mr. Dal Piaz, unfortunately for us it will be going to COSTCO and choosing between their limited Moscato or Prosecco selections.

    But I do have to say I am impressed that you have gone beyond the 'safe' zone of Cava, Prosecco and the 'hallowed ground' of Champagne. The Georgian and Austrian sparklers seem pretty interesting as did the Mendoza one, perhaps one day I will come across them.

    Happy New Year celebrations and wishes to you and the whole Snooth team, may 2013 be a year of success, happiness, health and prosperity for all of you.

    Cheers!

    Solomon Mengeu

    Dec 27, 2012 at 11:02 PM


  • Korbel…. Korbel????? WHat on earth is "classic" about Korbel?

    Dec 31, 2012 at 11:42 AM


  • Snooth User: amour
    Hand of Snooth
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    Well written....came across real!...AND I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU, GREGORY...having gone the whole way and back...from Vintage Bollinger, Salon, low down to Andre!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Jan 07, 2013 at 11:36 AM


  • great

    Aug 12, 2013 at 11:46 PM


  • Snooth User: CarBuyWhiz
    1332598 26

    Really wonderful

    Aug 17, 2013 at 2:28 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 06, 2013 at 1:07 PM


  • nice

    Sep 11, 2013 at 2:03 AM


  • awesome

    Sep 24, 2013 at 5:49 AM


  • Striking

    Oct 09, 2013 at 5:25 AM


  • Snooth User: jamchimps
    1385295 43

    Its grand :)

    Oct 28, 2013 at 2:24 AM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
    1487309 35

    Its good

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:54 AM


  • Snooth User: gamysplash
    1487309 35

    Its calme :)

    Apr 04, 2014 at 4:55 AM


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