Sparkling Wine 2015
stumbleupon
delicious
digg
facebook

Sparkling Wines of the World 2015

 

The Fifty Best Sparkling Wine Tasting of 2015

 

The Tasting:
The Fifty Best held a “blind” tasting of recent release world sparkling wines with 15 pre-qualified wine judges. Strict tasting rules were applied. The order of service was established beforehand by lottery. Flavored sparkling wines were tasted and scored separately as a group. Each of the sparkling wines were poured into fresh glasses from new sealed bottles and served well chilled. Only ice water and peasant bread were available to cleanse the palate.

The judges wrote down their impressions of each wine on score sheets. The scoring was done on a 5-point system, with 5 as the best. Double-Gold, Gold and Silver medals are awarded according to a set range of final point scores received from the judges. There were no bronze medals awarded for this tasting.

The tasting notes that follow are summaries of the judges’ opinions, with all replicated commentary eliminated. Prices indicated do not include tax.

 



DOUBLE-GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Pere Ventura
Tresor Brut Riserva Cava

(Spain) $14

This wine is made by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Xarel-lo (40%), Macabeo (20%) and Parellada (29%) grapes grown in high elevation, chalky soils, with over 18 months of bottle aging. It makes a good mate for hard cheeses and Asian cuisine.

Aroma: Sweet tropical fruit, strawberry, kiwi, ripe apple, fresh meyer lemon, citrus, earth, mineral, chalk, shale.

Palate: Honeydew, strawberry, lemon, citrus, crisp apple, tart, herbal, nuts, toast, savory, fresh, balanced acidity, zesty acidity, dry, refreshing, a great experience.

Finish: Lemon fresh, citrus, sweet, mineral, clean, beautiful.

Double Gold Medal
  Double Gold medal



Pere Ventura Tresor Brut Riserva Cava

 



Rotari
Brut Trento Sparkling Wine DOC

(Italy) $18

Made by the traditional Champagne method from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine spends at over 24 months in the bottle (on the lees) prior to disgorgement and dosage. It mates well with grilled tuna and swordfish.

Aroma: Melon, pear, lemon/lime, faint black cherry, sugar cookie, almond, floral, grass, toasty elements, round, complex autolysis, elegant minerality.

Palate: Pear, golden apple, apple peel, lemon zest, sweet fruit, floral, herbal, mineral, wood, round mouthfeel, savory, balanced, Old World style, pleasant.

Finish: Rich, woody, round minerality, complex.


Double Gold Medal
  Double Gold medal



Rotari Brut Trento Sparkling Wine DOC



Signal Ridge
Bubbles California Brut Sparkling Wine

(California) $26

This wine is produced by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Chardonnay (89%) and Pinot Noir (11%) grown in Mendocino. It marries well with a wide range of fare from grilled salmon to baked chicken to pasta with creamy sauces.

Aroma: Ripe yellow apple, citrus, almond, olive, herbaceous, crisp, wood.

Palate: Vibrant fruit, white peach, orange zest, citrus, olive, almond, nutty, cigar box, wood, balanced, nice complexity, rich mouthfeel, everything you want in a sparkler.

Finish: Peppery, mineral, clean, dry.

Double Gold Medal
  Double Gold medal



Signal Ridge Bubbles California Brut Sparkling Wine



Piper Sonoma
Brut Sparkling Wine

(California) $15

This wine is produced by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Chardonnay (60%), Pinot Noir (15%) and Pinot Meunier (25%) grapes that are aged on the lees for 18 months with approximately 25% of reserve wine added to the blend. Try it with crab cakes or shrimp scampi.

Aroma: Green apple, lychee, bright citrus, apricot, stone fruit, brioche, leather, good Old World minerality, flint, chalk.

Palate: Tart green apple, apple peel, lemon, mineral, oak, good balance.

Finish: Lemon peel, mineral, dry, good acidity, nice.


Double Gold Medal
  Double Gold medal



Piper Sonoma Brut Sparkling Wine



GOLD MEDAL WINNERS

Domaine Ste. Michelle
Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine

(Washington) $14

This wine is produced by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Pinot Noir (93%) and Pinot Meunier (7%) grapes grown in the Columbia Valley, with aging on the lees for approximately 18 months. This wine is equally good for toasting and to accompany fresh fruit and flavorful cheeses.

Aroma: Cherry, strawberry, pear, green apple, pleasant fruit, spring blossom, floral, honey.

Palate: Strawberry, raspberry, cherry, plum, green apple, apple peel, lemon meringue pie, floral, toast, dusty, bright snap, pleasant, elegant.

Finish: Citrus, green tropical fruit, gentle, tangy, refreshing.


Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine



Cono Sur
Brut Sparkling Wine

(Chile) $12

This wine is a blend of hand-picked Chardonnay (92%) and Pinot Noir (8%) grapes grown in the Bio Bio Valley (one of the world’s southernmost wine regions – noted for a cool, sunny climate). Grapes are processed by the Charmat (tank fermentation) method, and the wine is aged for 4 months in steel tanks and 4 months in barrels. Try it with seafood and salads.

Aroma: Grapefruit, melon, peach, baked bread, toast, dusty, earth, mineral, hay, tobacco, wood barrel.

Palate: Tropical fruit, orange blossom, light peach, black cherry, floral, fresh, bright, good acidity, wood notes.

Finish: Lemon, citrus, crisp apple, zesty, dry, nice minerality.


Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Cono Sur Brut Sparkling Wine



Bon Courage
Blush Vin Doux Sparkling Wine NV

(South Africa) $14

This wine hails from the Bruwer family in Robertson Valley along the Breede River, and is made from a blend of Pinot Noir and Muscat de Frontagnan grapes.

Aroma: Grapefruit, citrus, plum, peach, nectar, sweet berries, moscato, floral, almond cookie, crisp.

Palate: White peach, strawberry jam, strawberry, sweet, fresh, crisp, pleasant, sophisticated.

Finish: Light, soft, smooth.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Bon Courage Blush Vin Doux Sparkling Wine NV



Chateau de Montfort
Crémant de Loire Brut

(France) $15

Made by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Chenin Blanc (80%) and Chardonnay (20%), this wine spends over 12 months on the lees. Mates well with blue-veined cheeses and chocolate.

Aroma: Apple peel, bread, pastry dough, pepper, vegetal, clove, chalk, mineral, bright.

Palate: Melon, pear, sour apple, green pepper, red pepper, pastry dough, terroir driven, well balanced, elegant.

Finish: Lemon, pepper, mineral, earth, crisp, complex.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Chateau de Montfort Crémant de Loire Brut



Barefoot Bubbly
Brut Cuvée Sparkling

(California) $10

This wine is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. A good match with grilled salmon.

Aroma: Melon, watermelon, cantaloupe, juicy peach, papaya, pineapple/orange, tropical fruit, cherry, fruit forward, white blossom, floral, pretty, sweet aromatics.

Palate: Grapefruit, melon, tropical fruit, mineral, effervescent, nice refreshing fun.

Finish: Tropical fruit, cantaloupe, sour cherry, high acidity, fresh, clean, refreshing, nice zest, pleasing length.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Barefoot Bubbly Brut Cuvée Sparkling



Torelló
Brut Riserva 2011 Special Edition Cava

(Spain) $39

This wine is made from a blend of “free-run” juice of hand-harvested Macabeo, Zarel-lo and Parellada grapes from the Penedes region. Indigenous yeast is used for the second fermentation (in the bottle) with over 24 months of aging before disgorgement. It goes well with tapas such as shrimp a la plancha and baked octopus.

Aroma: Apple, white grape, pear, dried apricot, earth, good autolysis complexity.

Palate: Lemon, lime, citrus, wild strawberry, cherry, mango, green grapes, good integration of fruit & yeast, flint, leather, smoky.

Finish: Lemon, melon, smoke, clean, dry, good acidity, lovely, classic.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Torelló Brut Riserva 2011 Special Edition Cava



Barefoot Bubbly
Pink Moscato Sparkling

(California) $8

Made from Moscato grapes by a cool fermentation, with vinification stopped to allow natural grape sugars to remain in the wine. This bubbly mates well with spicy Asian or Mexican fare.

Aroma: Cherry, peach jam, ripe peach, pineapple, floral, lavender, mint, beautiful.

Palate: Melon, apple, sweet dark cherry, floral, smoky, high dosage.

Finish: Melon, citrus, nice, easy to drink.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato Sparkling



Trump
2009 Blanc de Blanc Brut Sparkling Wine

(Virginia) $25

Made by the classic Champagne method from 100% Chardonnay grapes, this wine is first aged in a combination of stainless steel and French oak and then on the lees in the bottle for over 2 years. Perfect for toasting as well as an excellent mate for chicken and seafare.

Aroma: Apple, melon, strawberry, apricot, creamy, lemon curd, floral, biscuit, yeast, mineral, earth, woody notes, fresh.

Palate: Lemon, lemon peel, citrus, green apple, peach, toast, nice creaminess, pleasant, refreshing acidity, nice balance.

Finish: Lemon, grape skin, clean, dry.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Trump 2009 Blanc de Blanc Brut Sparkling Wine



Borgo Magredo
Prosecco Extra Dry DOC

(Italy) $14

This wine is made from 100% Prosecco (Glera) grapes grown in the Prosecco DOC area (in the Veneto). It makes a good aperitif wine, but also matches with a range of appetizers from smoked salmon to prosciutto.

Aroma: Apple, apple peel, pear, grapefruit, 7up, honey, light cinnamon, floral, rose petal, vibrant.

Palate: Pear, peach, citrus, tropical fruit, lychee, hint of apricot, floral, moderately sweet.

Finish: Apple, touch of citrus, clean, dry, lovely, easy picnic wine.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Borgo Magredo Prosecco Extra Dry DOC



Gilgal
Nature Brut

(Israel) $16

Produced by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) grapes grown in the Golan Heights, this wine is aged in the bottle for over a year. It mates well with a wide range of hors d’ouevres from smoked salmon to spanakopita to paté.

Aroma: Lemon, lemon/lime, floral, mineral, earth.

Palate: Lemon, green apple, light peach, cherry, mineral, earthy notes, zesty acidity, balanced, bright, lively.

Finish: Lemon/lime, tart green apples, sour apple, dry, elegant.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Gilgal Nature Brut



Altemasi
Brut Trento DOC

(Italy) $14

This wine is made by the classic Champagne method from 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in the Valle dei Laghi and the Trento hills, with over 15 months of aging on the lees. It marries well with pasta with white sauce and delicate seafare dishes.

Aroma: Apple, caramelized sugar, toasted bourbon barrel, wood, light mineral, nice, elegant.

Palate: Apple peel, melon, brown sugar, forest floor, slate, bold, mellow, easy drinking.

Finish: Lemon, spicy, smoky, clean, fresh.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal

 



Altemasi Brut Trento DOC



Avissi
Prosecco DOC

(Italy) $13

This wine is produced from 100% Prosecco (Glera) grapes grown in Italy’s Veneto region, with fermentations taking place in stainless steel vats. It mates well with mild cheeses.

Aroma: Lemon, citrus, honeydew, honey, floral, wet stones, chalk, wood, elegant.

Palate: Sweet berries, cherry, banana, honeydew, pear, grapefruit, lemon peel, citrus, dusty, mineral, effervescent, wood, well integrated fruit & oak, savory.

Finish: Soft, clean, dry, nice, vibrant, lovely.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Avissi Prosecco DOC



Domaine Ste. Michelle
Extra Dry Sparkling Wine

(Washington) $14

Made by the traditional Champagne method from a blend of Chardonnay (63%), Pinot Noir (19%) and Pinot Gris (18%) grapes from the Columbia Valley, this wine is aged on the lees for almost 18 months. Try it with pasta primavera or grilled chicken.

Aroma: Golden apple, lemon, lime, nectarine, cherry, banana, floral, honey, sugar, wood, pleasant.

Palate: White peach, golden apple, watermelon, granular sugar, fresh.

Finish: Honey, sweet, soft, light, elegant.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Domaine Ste. Michelle Extra Dry Sparkling Wine



Barefoot Bubbly
Extra Dry Sparkling

(California) $9

Made from Chardonnay grapes, this wine pairs perfectly with fresh fruit kabobs and chocolaty desserts.

Aroma: Vanilla, dough, tropical fruit, pear, ripe peach, cherry, faint apple, spearmint, floral, beautiful.

Palate: Lemon zest, melon, pear, cherry, red licorice, citrus, pleasant.

Finish: Fruity, effervescent, nice.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry Sparkling



SILVER MEDAL WINNERS

Casa Silva
Fervor Brut Vino Espumante

Chile $18

This wine is produced by the traditional Champagne method from a blend Of Chardonnay (50%) and Pinot Noir (50%) grapes grown in the western part of Chile’s Colchagua Valley. It makes good accompaniment for gravlax and oysters.

Aroma: Fruity, herbal, chamomile, olive, wood, fragrant, pleasant.

Palate: Citrus, grapefruit, golden apple, good fruit & yeast, forest floor, mint, resin, creamy, crisp, effervescent.

Finish: Citrus, mango, mint, peppery clean.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Casa Silva Fervor Brut Vino Espumante



Rotari
Rosé Trento Sparkling Wine DOC

(Italy) $19

This wine is produced in the Dolomites from Pinot Nero and Chardonnay grapes by the classic Champagne method. It provides good accompaniment for appetizers such as Caprese salad and shrimp cocktail, as well as rich desserts like chocolate mousse.

Aroma: Red plum, strawberry, raspberry, lemon/lime, apple, pinot noir grapes, mineral, earth.

Palate: Strawberry, sweet berries, red raspberry, red plum, peaches, grape peel, mineral, earth, smoke, well balanced.

Finish: Good acidity, spicy, earth, smoke, clean, elegant.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Rotari Rosé Trento Sparkling Wine DOC



McIntyre
L'Homme Qui Ris Sparkling Wine

(California) $16

Made by the traditional Champagne method from 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown sustainably in the Santa Lucia Highlands, the wine was bottle aged on the lees for over two years prior to disgorgement. It marries well with grilled scallops, salmon and even veal chops.

Aroma: Honey, vanilla, pastry, biscuit, raspberry jam, pear, lemon, olive, allspice, tobacco, smoky, old oak.

Palate: Tropical fruit, pear, apple, citrus, rich fruit, pleasant ripe fruit, fruit forward, pastry, smoke, complex, good acidity, nice balance.

Finish: Buttery, oak, high acid, good acidity, bright, light, dry, persistent.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



McIntyre L'Homme Qui Ris Sparkling Wine



Piper Sonoma
Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine

(California) $23

Made from a blend of hand-picked Russian Valley Chardonnay (95%) and Pinot Noir (5%) grapes by the traditional Champagne method, this wine is aged on the lees for 16 months and then blended with approximately 24% “reserve” wine. It makes good accompaniment for fried calamari and scallops.

Aroma: Green apple, ripe pear, dried fruit, biscuit, toast, pepper.

Palate: Apples, golden apple, pear, melon, lemon/lime, muted fruit, vanilla, olive, a little spice, round, zesty acidity.

Finish: Lemon, golden apple, white pepper, clean, crisp, complex.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Piper Sonoma Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine



Villa W.
Riesling Sekt Brut

(Germany) $19

This wine is produced by the classic Champagne method from Riesling grapes grown in the Moselle Valley. It makes an excellent mate for spicy Asian fare and sushi, as well as traditional German specialties like sauerbraten and weinerschnitzel.

Aroma: Melon, green apple, apple juice, peach, apricot, muscat grape, muscato, honey, floral, grassy, aromatic.

Palate: Melon, kiwi, pineapple, floral, mint, well balanced.

Finish: Green apples, mineral, very refreshing.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Villa W. Riesling Sekt Brut



Ménage à Trois
Prosecco DOC

(Italy) $13

This bubbly is made by the Charmat (tank fermentation) method from 100% Prosecco (Glera) grapes grown in the designated area in the Veneto. Try it with pizza and pasta with red sauce.

Aroma: Citrus, sour apple, berries, apricot, light pear, stone fruit, wild flower, biscuit, toast.

Palate: Melon, lemon, strawberry, jellied fruit, sugar, clove, saline.

Finish: Cantaloupe, sugar, toast, cream.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Ménage à Trois Prosecco DOC



Barefoot Bubbly
Pinot Grigio Sparkling

(California) $9

This wine is made from Pinot Grigio (Pinot Gris) grapes by the Charmat Method (in which fermentations take place in stainless steel tanks). Mate it with sushi and chilled shrimp.

Aroma: Lime, melon, peach, pineapple, cherry, ripe fruit, custard, anise, floral.

Palate: Honeydew, melon, pineapple, strawberry, red berries, sugar, toast.

Finish: Lemon, ripe, clean.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Barefoot Bubbly Pinot Grigio Sparkling



FLAVORED SPARKLING WINE RESULTS:

GOLD MEDAL WINNER

Wilson Creek
Almond Sparkling Wine

(California) $17

This sparkling wine is naturally fermented from a blend of French Colombard and Chardonnay grapes with almond flavor added. It pairs well with fresh fruit and creamy cheeses such as brie.

Aroma: Almond, nougat, marzipan.

Palate: Almond, marzipan, cream, raisin, high sugars, woodsy, balanced.

Finish: Caramel, crisp, clean, fun.

Gold Medal
  Gold medal



Wilson Creek Almond Sparkling Wine



SILVER MEDAL WINNER

Westport Winery
Boom Runner Sparkling Pomegranate Wine

(Washington) $27

Less than 300 cases of this natural fruit sparkling wine were made. It provides good accompaniment for soups, salads and rich desserts like bread pudding and cream pies.

Aroma: Pomegranate, grenadine, red currant, rhubarb, huckleberry, grape juice, green fruit, spice, pretty.

Palate: Pomegranate, cherry, grenadine, caramel, tannic bite, balanced.

Finish: Brown sugar, sweet, refreshing.

Silver Medal
  Silver medal



Westport Winery Boom Runner Sparkling Pomegranate Wine

 

 

Disclaimer: This section of the website is intended for visitors 21 years of age and older.
If you are not of legal drinking age, please exit by clicking here.


Please drink responsibly!

Comments or questions welcome, please e-mail to: editor@thefiftybest.com

 



Add a comment or suggestion to this list.
*The following fields are required and must be filled in.
*Name:
*Subject:
*URL:
*email:
Email (for verification purposes only, will not be displayed):
Name:
Comment:

 
Sign up for a free account, or sign in if you are already a member.


Fifty Best > Wine Archive > Sparkling Wine 2015
© TheFiftyBest.com        home   |  Advertise   |  Privacy   |  Awards   |  Legal   |  About   |  Logos   |  Sign-Up   |  Contact       HappyViper