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Mumm Sparkling Wine Napa Valley 2006

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Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. We have long been fans of Mumm's Napa Valley Blanc de Noirs and Rosés and found them to be quintessential expressions of gregarious and outgoing California fruit, and so again is this an irrepressibly fruity working even while showing a full range of yeasty, autolyzed richness that lifts it into slightly more serious realms. Its strong theme of strawberries is overlain by a bit of vanilla, brioche and sweet cream, and its frothy mousse never quits. It is not so vinous as some Rosés, shows not so much of a hint of astringency and can be successfully quaffed on its own or teamed with a wide range of foods.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.

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Mumm Napa:
The Mumm Napa winery was completed in 1986 by Guy Devaux as part of a special project of the French Champagne house G.H. Mumm to find a suitable winegrowing location in the U.S. Mr. Devaux found the Carneros region along the Napa River in California’s Napa Valley to be ideal for his project and established Mumm Cuvèe Napa. The winery is currently overseen by head Winemaker ... Read more
The Mumm Napa winery was completed in 1986 by Guy Devaux as part of a special project of the French Champagne house G.H. Mumm to find a suitable winegrowing location in the U.S. Mr. Devaux found the Carneros region along the Napa River in California’s Napa Valley to be ideal for his project and established Mumm Cuvèe Napa. The winery is currently overseen by head Winemaker Ludovic Dervin, a Champagne, France native who produces wines in the celebrated methodè traditionelle.  Working closely with Mr. Dervin is VP of Winemaking and Operations, Rob McNeill.  Together the winemakers focus production on sparkling wines while continuing to produce balanced and distinctive red and white varieties. Read less

External Reviews for Mumm Sparkling Wine Napa Valley

11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. We have long been fans of Mumm's Napa Valley Blanc de Noirs and Rosés and found them to be quintessential expressions of gregarious and outgoing California fruit, and so again is this an irrepressibly fruity working even while showing a full range of yeasty, autolyzed richness that lifts it into slightly more serious realms. Its strong theme of strawberries is overlain by a bit of vanilla, brioche and sweet cream, and its frothy mousse never quits. It is not so vinous as some Rosés, shows not so much of a hint of astringency and can be successfully quaffed on its own or teamed with a wide range of foods.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 89/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Toasted bread and baked lemon smells with nuanced notes of chalk and soy are followed on the palate by a wave of pinpoint carbonation consistent with this wine's Reserve status. Its creamy and crisp flavors are already showing a bit of age, and the wine holds up well to the end. It offers more elegance than the typical Brut and deserves its Reserve status.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. Clean and quietly but confidently fruity with touches of toast and roasted vanilla beans, this frothy, fully bubbled offering delivers a bright, lively and youthfully direct character on the palate, and despite its first turn to light fruit, it is not without a complement of layered champenization.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. We have long been fans of Mumm's Napa Valley Blanc de Noirs and Rosés and found them to be quintessential expressions of gregarious and outgoing California fruit


11/12/2010

Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. It has become clear to us over the years that some special magic seems to happen when fine sparkling wine is fermented in magnum, and when compared to its 750 ml Brut counterpart, Mumm's big bottle proves the point. Rich in well-defined yeast with lots of small bubbles and a long, very crisp, mineral-laced finish, it displays plenty of classic champenized character and will prove to be a fine choice when the occasion calls for more than one bottle of bubbly.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


11/12/2010

Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. A brief sensation of vitamin pill in the nose sets this one off in an odd direction, and, rather than showing the toasty traits of time on the yeast, the wine is closer to "leesy" in tone. Its fine, pinpointy bubbles are a definite plus, but it lacks the credentials of defined Blanc de Blancs.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Unlikely to improve with further aging.


07/05/2011

"Rating: 85/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the November 2010 issue. A brief sensation of vitamin pill in the nose sets this one off in an odd direction


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