Birthday bubbles for our daughter. Lemon, lemon peel, citrus, a little mineral. This gets 89 points on shear pleasure! Not a ton going on here, but so enjoyable! Good foam, lots of bubbles, and good acidity. Don't try to keep this after being opened for more than a few hours.
Light gold color. Drank 2 glasses over an hour plus. Slumming it with our emergency plastic stemware, but making up for it in ambience while sitting on the lanai overlooking the ocean in Kauai. Yeasty, with baked bread, apple and nutty notes on the nose. Mineral and yeast on the palate with ginger, sour apple, some bitterness on the finish.
Aromas of almond, toast, yeast and cauliflower. On the palate this little fatter than I remember the last time having it with flavors of toast, citrus, mineral and ginger. Really can't beat this for $20.
I never expect much of a wine that is available in every grocery store and Walmart in the country but this mass produced wine is consistently great. I need to check out Mumm and see what else they have to offer.
Decent, straight forward, and undifferentiated. Toasty, citrus and doughy. Good aperitif served on the Napa Valley Wine Train prior to the meal. Would work wonderfully for entertaining guests or as a summer quaffer.
Nice California Sparkling Wine. Pale yellow straw coloring and tiny bubbles. Crisp nose, yeasty effervescence with apple, flowery overtone; Taste appropriately tart, mineral and citrus. Has a hint of sweetness (for a Brut) but not unpleasantly so. Well-balanced with a dry, lingering finish. Always good, a reasonably priced 'go-to' champagne for every-day celebratory occasions. Good Price/Value at around $15 avg price (purchased on sale (ho! ho! ho!) @ "Social" Safeway for $20). 86 pts.
Very pale gold color. Drank 1 glass on a tasting menu pairing over 30 minutes. . Shocked I haven't had this in 2 and a half years. Really, an excellent QPR sparkling wine from Napa. I probably favor the Roederer a bit more for the overall complexity and style from Cali, but this is a winner too. Apple, yeast, subtle bread. The palate is fine, light, apple, just a bit of mineral accents. As Chablis28 says, the sweetness is just on the edge of what I'll tolerate. 88+ to 89 pts.
Golden color. Clean. Nose of citrus and tropical fruit. Good acidity (medium plus) and bubbles. Smooth alcoho. Flavors of pineapple, grapefruit, granite, light cream, lemon and some peach fuzz. Not much of a sparkling wine drinker but Def like the complexity and taste. It's about to get too sweet then flavor jumps into another direction. I like it. Recommended.
This walks dam close to edge of being too sweet but steps back enough to remain a loveable alternative CA sparkler for almost any Champagne fan. Its bigger and richer than most French Champagnes but so balanced, lush and tasty. The CA Roederer Estate Brut comes closer to Champagne but this is great btl to have in your rotation and currently, very easy on the wallet. Paid $14, what a steal!
Recent purchase from reliable retailer & a probable recent bottling. Somewhat soft, candied nuances. Mediocre bubbles. The fruit is there but it's not focused, pure or lasting. Some complexity via hints of fresh ginger/apple but overall it does little for me and I'd rather drink Domain Ste. Michelle, a good Cava or Prosecco for the money. Slightly bitter finish. Average QPR and for $3-$6 more Roederer Anderson Valley knocks it into the dirt. May be good with Thanksgiving turkey or ham but yukky by itself.
Great when its on sale around $15. Youthful and yeasty but with some richness on the tongue. Toasted apple,green pear. Fine lingering bubbles and solid texture but lacking more delicate mousse or brioche notes. All around, a perfect bubbly for parties and overkill for mimosas. When its on sale, a no brainer for uncomplicated brut.
large number of medium fine beads upon opening and pouring. Persistent beads throughout drinking. Nice crisp nose and on the palate. Acidity is balanced with nice finish. A bargain for nice everyday sparkler.
Lovely, yeasty nose of citrus, stonefruit, shortbread cookies, and delicate toast. Shows a fine bead and wispy mousse. So clean and pure in the mouth, with a core of lemons and minerality wrapped around juicy acidity and a vivid finish. Always delivers.
Yeast and toast dominate the flavor. Great sub $20 sparkling wine. For people who aren't "champagne" snobs, this is probably the only sparkler they need. Excellent for celebrations or a cocktail before dinner.
Robe de couleur: jaune-dorée, Bouquet faible, Bouquet: Miel, minéral, cerise de terre; Arômes en bouche: Minéral, mangue, citron, fleur, pomme, Bulle fine, bon accords avec crabe et la mangue, petite touche de sucre agreable, noter la premiere fois : 91
Good not great but solid. Loads of acidity here. Apple, pineapple & citrus peel on the nose & crisp in the palate. Fruit dominates up front & while there is not much in terms of earth or terroir it was well balanced and had a very nice mouthfeel.
NV plus 3 years since disgorge, and a real hit of the Xmas eve dinner. Yeasty, some complexity with notes of almond, baked bread and soft citrus. Finish was smooth and creamy, and an excellent pairing with a mixed-dish meal. Delicious.
For the price, $12 on sale, it's a fine little bubbly for an informal celebration; surprisingly terrific yeasty nose on this bottle, a few years after release, and you can do a lot worse for the money; would buy again if the price were right
A series of 12 bottles to see if there is much variation in under $20 sparkling wine. Vibrant nose leads to a palate of spice, honey, pineapple, minerals and chalk. Complex and better than the first bottle.
Light gold color. Had a couple glasses over 2 hours. This paired really well with the 85th Annual Academy Awards. Crisper and fresher than the show itself. The nose is bright with nice fruit, red delicious apples, hints of berries, yeast, and minerals. There is a fine steady bead. The palate is consistent, apple, pear, minerals, strawberry on the finish. Nice balance. .....and the Oscar for Best Domestic Sparkler at an Awesome Price (13.99) goes to.....hey, it's pretty hard to beat the QPR.
Annual Tasting Group Holiday Party (Porter Creek, Mpls, MN): Light gold color. Drank 2 glasses as an appertif. As always a solid performance. The fruit is bright, showing nice baked pear notes with green apple, some yeast, and mineral complete the nose. The palate brings a medium weight, green tree fruit and some citrus, along with decent minerality, medium to slightly denser bubbles, and a medium finish.
I've had a few more btls of this since my first a few months ago and everyone has impressed me more than the first. This is one of CA's best. This is tad softer and fruiter than the minerally citrussy Roederer Mendicino, reminding more of the $25 Domaine Carneros. I bought these at $14 per and they drink more like $20 plus. Perfectly balanced with a lovely combination of citrus and orchard fruit. Hope I can buy these again for sub $15 but even at $20 they're a solid value.
Straw color with moderate sized bubbles. Nose: golden apple, strawberry, and ripe lemon/lime citrus with accents of toasted biscuit, white flowers, hazelnut, and river stone. Medium body with aggressive effervescence on the palate: green apple, tart kiwi, and lemon/lime citrus framed by river stone, orange peel, hazelnut, and a hint of brioche. Medium+ acidity. Lingering river stone, toothpick, and citrus peel on the long finish. Very good intensity. Well focused, vibrant, and full of detailed flavor. Excellent value.
Light golden tinged straw color with biscuit, sweet citrus, red fruit and subtle floral aromas. In the glass it displays lots of tiny bubbles. On the palate it is medium-bodied with fairly creamy mousse and cherry, vanilla, and citrus flavors. Medium finish Pinot Noir (51%), Chardonnay (46%), Pinot Meunier (2%), and Pinot Gris (1%)
Solid value at $14. Wouldn't pay $3 more for this. Focused with good acid lift on a taught palate with good minerallty and citrus flavors. Seems like its low dosage with an almost bitter finish. This won't rock you but is very pleasing at $14. We had a little over 1/2 a blt left over for the next night and tonight I must report that this wine was much more interesting showing more layers to the fruit profile, a lusher mouthfeel and the bitterness on the finish absent. On night # 2, I'd give this 90pts and will go back for more btls. Decant?
Light ecru appearance, small bead, and medium mousse. Citrus, floral, green apple, and yeasty aromas carry over to the palate, joined by Squirt soda pop, pears, and spice flavors. Finishes with a steely persistence. Not as complex as previous bottles but has good balance of fruit and acidity.
Bright and effervescent, this deftly combines its citrus flavors with subtle notes of apple and pear. Very true to the style of the House and fantastic value for an under $15 California sparkler. 50+5+12+15+8=90
Notes of apple and pear on the nose, along with a bit of went flint. Overly aggressive bubbles take away from the delicate stone fruit and pineapple flavors on the palate and make this wine feel very heavy in the mouth. Good value, but pales in comparison to other sparklers.
Straw yellow color with a tornado of bubbles inside of the flute. Citrus, green apple and toast on the nose. On the palate it has a creamy mouth feel, but the effervescence is overwhelming and doesn't allow to taste much the flavor
The Mumm Napa Brut Prestige is a very pale straw effervescent wine. The nose is apple with a very faint fresh baked bread undertone. Good acidity in the mouth with tastes of white grapefruit. More grapefruit on the finish with some pith thrown in.
Pretty much as good as expected since we have had several bottles of this sparkler in the last 6 months. An extraordinary value. A more pungent taste than the champagne we also drank. All of this was drunk before Easter dinner.
I was disappointed with both bottles last night. Nothing special and nothing bad. Guess I was expecting more from what I was lead to believe was a 90pt bubbly. Bought 6, drang 2, gave 1 away. May next 3 will be better for me.
Champagne and Cabernet (Farpointe Cellar): An interesting melon and vanilla infused nose, with creamy citrus fruit underneath. The palate was somewhat flat. The acid started out sharp, but quickly disappeared. The melon and citrus did show until the mid-palate, and the finish, though slightly creamy, fell off fast.
Very pale yellow. Nose of apples, pear, vanilla. Extremely effervescent. Simple but pleasing flavors of California dry sparkling wine, with a long finish sustained by extreme bubble activity. Much nicer than expected.
BOB (Ramirez's): White fruits and a touch of yeast on the nose. Bit of lemony citrus. Rather full bodied sparkler. Bit of breadiness. Nice acidity. Decent finish. Works as an opener that you don't have to think about.
Fresh and fruity, good balance but a bit anonymous on the palate and rustic bitterness on the finish. Still, very good California sparkling (and good QPR) that went well with smoked salmon and mint and coriander Indian spiced shrimp appetizers.
Lovely fizz, well done for such a low price, fabulous QPR! - Straw gold, excellent mousse with a nose of toast, pear, biscuit and apple, great acidity, refreshing, sour and sweet on the palate with terrific length, very nice (90 Points).
When tasting this year's bottling, I found the bead much smaller and more delicate, and the flavor more of apple and grape than citrus or biscuit. I prefer the texture of this bottling, but the flavor profile of the one I had last year. Interesting to see how MV bottles vary, despite the obvious "house style" that is being used as a yardstick. Still extremely good value in a domestic sparkler.
Not much to add to the other notes here, this is pleasant and a good value at $10 on clearance but resembling Cava much more than Champagne. I may have not been in the right mood for this at the time but I do recall enjoying the slightly richer Cuvee M better when I had it before. Nothing at all wrong with this though!
Very light color, watery with hints of yellow. The bubbles are very nice and small. Fresh nose of apricots, lemon and seebreeze. It has a nice acidity and weight on the palate. This is a nice sparkler, reminds me of Cava.
Ma première expérience avec ce mousseux qui m'a agréablement surpris, moi qui n'aime pas particulièrement les bulles. Belle rondeur en bouche avec une petite touche briochée et de fines bulles. Très bien.
Tasted blind – pale pinkish lemon, clear. Youthful nose of pears and floral notes. Fruity and citrus flavours with hints of floral. Small, frothy bubbles. Dry with medium to high acidity, light to medium body and medium finish. Good.
A very enjoyable Napa bubbly, great for everyday drinking. Slightly biscuity opening with apple and citrus flavors. Crisp with a bit too much acidity. Simple finish continues to disappoint: dry and short. Still, this wine is hard to fault as it performs quite well for the price and is readily available in split size. Undoubtedly, a fine everyday California bubbly.
Grapefruit and light green apple. Dry and crisp with pleasing tinges of acidity. In all, fine and good for a $18 domestic. At odds with the producer's notes (rose pedal? none. "Further layers reveal crisp yet creamy qualities" creamy? creamy? are you kidding? "touches of vanilla and melon," vinalla? none.
Par le passé, ce vin me semblait plus brioché, plus biscuité et plus vineux. Maintenant, il présente des arômes peu complexes de pomme avec une petite nuance de levure. En bouche, le vin goûte le moût de pomme et manque de vinosité. Décevant. N'en vaut pas son prix.
Michael Schuster Wine Course w4. Pale colour, a very light tone of cappucino. Citrus aromas with a hint of pear. Slightly sweet with very sharp acidity. Fine mousse with biscuit and some more acidity on the finish.
Half bottle of a bit over-acidic of californian sparkling wine drank as aperitif before dinner. Better than others but still far away from the original region. Sorry for that cause it is a nice example of everyday champagne I adore.
Media botella un poco ácida tomada como aperitivo antes de una cena. Es mejor que otros ejemplos de Napa pero aún así le falta un largo camino que recorrer para parecerse a un champagne "de verdad".
Crisp and fairly dry. But not as yeasty as real champagne. An 187 ml bottle cost only $7, which is a fairly good deal. Will buy again for that price, and for convenience of miniature bottle. High good (83.5).
Ordered a split of this at the Inn at Hawkshead in South Haven, Michigan. A dry sparkler with an excellent bead. Notes of lemon/lime. Clean and crisp finish. Overall though this was fairly straight forward with much complexity. 86 points.
A tasty sparkling wine in the champagne style - it's quite dry, but not unpleasantly, with crisp acidity and nicely potent carbonation. Eminently drinkable, it goes down quickly and doesn't leave one with the hangover so many cheaper sparkling wines do. Primarily notes of oak and minerals, with hints of flower and very little fruit. I'm not a chardonnay fan, and said grape's existence is very obvious here. I prefer more fruit and flowers and citrus, a little less acid and bit more complexity. I enjoyed this well enough, but I wouldn't get it again, unless perhaps to use in cocktails, where it could be a pleasant backdrop for other flavours.
Light-medium straw. Pear and apple with hints of lemon and cashew. Medium dryness and a nice crisp palate, free from astringency. French has more finesse, but this isn't bad from Napa. (4+11+15+6) = 86
Upon uncorking the bottle, the smell was beautiful - pungeant and crisp. The taste was a little sharp for me, but still much smoother than I have had from other sparklers in the past. The color was beautifully golden in the glass, with a plethora of bubbles catching the light perfectly. A wonderful way to start the new year!
I consumed a 187mL bottle of this on a nice night here. Notably high in fine bubbles and moderately golden upon having a look. This sparkler has a nose of yeast and toast, with undertones of apple. On the palate, this wine is light in weight, with strong notes of sourdough bread, with softer hints of apple. The finish is disappointingly short and simple, again with sourdough bread predominant. A smooth and easy to drink but uninspiredly simple effort, a good value at this price point.
Had this laying around for over a year, decided to try it with some popcorn. Expectations were low as I'm not a big fan of sparkling wines.
Anyway, the color is light yellow gold. Nose of yeast and toast. Taste matches aroma profile with a hint of lemon. A little burn on the finish, but not bad. It won't turn me into a sparkling wine fan, but I could do it again.
Seems like a pretty decent bottle of sparkling wine. Definite citrus on the nose, but a tad sour on the palate and not fruit forward and short on the finish. Paired fairly well with the food we had so this may very well be worth another visit
Howell Mountain Cabernet (One Particular House, Tustin, CA): Considerably sweeter than the Taittinger, but not necessarily in a bad way. Aromas of wild berries and peaches. On the palate, mixed berries, apricot and citrus skin; the favors kind of make me think of a sparkling viognier, if there is such a thing. Short finish. A relatively simple but nonetheless enjoyable sparkling wine. 88-89 points.
Very good everyday sparking wine. Yellow-golden in color. Good nose of citrus and apples. Slightly biscuity opening followed by a solid palate of apple, melon, and vanilla. Overall, medium-bodied with a nice crisp yet creamy character. Short and rather uninspiring dry finish. I drink this bubbly (usually in split size) too often to always review, but this tasting is consistent with all previous experiences. One of the better splits available; a fine everyday bubbly.
An excellent nose, very fruity with a slight hint of citrus, a vibrant pleasant nose. Good taste, although my experience with sparkling wines is typically limited to the sub $13 types. The wine had a dominant currant, berry flavor, some hint of red delicious apple. A very clean and smooth finish, although the finish did not linger. All in all very good.
golden straw color, not too much on the nose. dry but a little on the round side with an indistinct oily and mild nutty and nougat character punching through a juice orange citrus. fairly coarse and short lasting effervescence.
To celebrate our 9th anniversary (the '96 Dom Perignon is for next year - hope it's ready by then). Nice yeasty-bread flavors, great effervescence. Not much of a struggle to drink the entire bottle, that's for sure.
Winery; Slightly darker frt than 1998, some clean white wd; little full bod, dry; less lemon, quince, green apple, some t’s(astringency-yeast 18 mo); long fin; more bal, med compl, richer, rounder fin. than 1998.
Opened and served immediately in everyday Champagne flutes. Light yellow in color. Good yet slightly irregular everessence. The nose had scents of pear, citrus with a hint of biscuit dough. The mouth feel was light and pretty dry. The flavors were of Granny Smith apples, pears and hint of orange towards the finish. This is a decent “middle of the road” champage but I’m not certain it is worth the $35.00 entry price I had to pay. It grew very tiresome after 1-½ glasses. Score it around 85-86 points. Drink now.