A bunch of Champagne & Sparkling Wines

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Tasted December 10, 2010 by 3daywinereview.com with 970 views

Introduction

Sampled a ton of Sparklers and Champagne wines over the last week!

The best for the money is the 2006 Domaine Carneros on day 2 and I also was impressed with the 2006 Argyle Brut which were both $19.95. Hard to beat that price point.

Interesting looking back at this event on how much better the Mumm Brut Prestige is in 2019.

Flight 1 (29 notes)

White - Sparkling
N.V. Mumm Napa Brut Prestige USA, California, Napa Valley
85 points
Not too impressive but drinkable with subtle minerals, apple and pear. Short finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Schramsberg Vineyards Mirabelle Brut USA, California, North Coast
87 points
Shows some strawberry, spices, floral and mineral notes. Short to medium finish and not a bad QPR Sparkler.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Piper-Heidsieck Champagne Brut France, Champagne
90 points
Much better than the last bottle which I am sure was a previous N.V. which is why I hate the way Champagne does N.V. as you can never know which one you are drinking and as we all know they vary a lot. Nice aromas of dough, minerals, lemon and floral notes. A great acid profile and very nice finish. One of my favorite N.V. Champanges.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Taittinger Champagne Brut Réserve / La Française France, Champagne
89 points
Nice overall with shells, lemon, orange peel and minerals. Good acidity and very pleasant finish. Not a bad price at around $30.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
88 points
This is a nice sparkling wine that is as good as many N.V. Champagnes especially for the money. Lemon, dough, golden apples and minerals on the nose and palate. A clean and refreshing finish.
White - Sparkling
2006 Domaine Carneros Brut USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
88 points
Another solid effort but not as impressed with this one as the 2005. Dough, flint, apple, pear and straw. The finish is on the shorter side but nice overall. For $20 it is solid but I won't be buying anymore.
White - Sparkling
2006 Domaine Carneros Brut USA, California, Napa / Sonoma, Carneros
91 points
I need to add this as a day 2 review as this wine is much better than my note on day one. Nose of dough, tropical fruit, lemon, minerals The palate is more complex with dough, tropical fruit, minerals, apple and spice. Medium finish and much more intense than the day one review. Based on this information I am going to buy 2 or 3 more and lay them down for a year or two. I am glad I saved some of this wine.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Scharffenberger Brut USA, California, North Coast, Mendocino County
90 points
A pleasant surprise and a solid Sparkling wine at $14.99. Compared side by side with the Roederer Brut from Anderson's Valley this was a little better and a few more bucks less. Mineral, lemon and dough are the main components and this wine is really dry. Crisp acidity and a nice example of a Brut style US Sparkling wine.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley USA, California, North Coast, Anderson Valley
89 points
I enjoyed this wine and featured strawberry, minerals, dough, raspberries and a touch of lemon. Good acidity and medium finish. For $22.99 on sale not a bad purchase.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Korbel Brut California Sparkling Wine USA, California
81 points
Exactly what you would expect from Korbel which is a Sparkler that is drinkable but not complex. Some minerals and apple notes but a short finish and nothing that stands out.
White - Sparkling
N.V. J Vineyards & Winery Cuvée 20 USA, California, Sonoma County, Russian River Valley
87 points
Not bad better out there in the price range. Toast, lemon and minerals combine with average acidity and a short finish.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Bollinger Champagne Special Cuvée Brut France, Champagne
91 points
This is nice and features dough, mineral, apple, apricots and biscuit. The complexity is there and it really coats your mouth with interesting flavors. Medium finish and one of the better N.V. Champagnes I have sampled this year.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Cristalino Cava Brut Spain, Cava
78 points
I do enjoy trying low end Sparkling wines to confirm why I hate them which is they offer no flavor. Other than tasting like a carbonated mineral water there is not much to say but at $6.49 at least this mineral water has alcohol.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Gruet Winery Brut USA, New Mexico
84 points
Mineral, apple and pear are the key descriptors on a otherwise simple Sparkling wine. For $12.49 on sale it fits the quality level.
White - Sparkling
N.V. McGuigan Sparkling Brut Australia, South Eastern
83 points
Simple Sparkling wine made from Shiraz with black fruits, minerals and raspberries. For $7.99 not bad for a party.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Schloss Gobelsburg Brut Réserve Austria, Niederösterreich, Kamptal
87 points
A fun Sparkling wine with some sweetness but balance overall. Floral, mineral and orange peel combine with a medium finish to create an interesting Sparkling wine to serve at a party.
White - Sparkling
2006 Argyle Vintage Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
90 points
Another good showing for what I consider the best Sparkling wine in the US year in and year for $20. This features apple, dough, pear and minerals. Crisp acidity and a nice food wine.
White - Sparkling
2000 Argyle Extended Tirage Brut USA, Oregon, Willamette Valley
92 points
A complex Sparkler with strawberry, minerals, lemon, dust and biscuit on the nose. The palate is showing more earth character with the biscuit and dust really evident. Medium finish and good acidity. I have sampled many vintages of the Extended Tirage and it really exceeds most N.V. $60 Champanges.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Duval-Leroy Champagne Brut France, Champagne
85 points
I find this wine to yeasty which hides a lot of the fruit I would like to see. There was some apple and floral character but the yeastiness just dominates. I have been unimpressed with the last 3 bottles of this wine.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sparkling Brut Australia
82 points
Simple with lemon and chalk.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Domaine des Baumard Crémant de Loire Carte Turquoise France, Loire Valley, Crémant de Loire
84 points
Not a fan of this style and too bitter. Floral and minerals are the main characteristics of this Sparkling wine made from Chenin Blanc.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Nino Franco Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Rustico Italy, Veneto, Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG
85 points
Light and refreshing with minerals and lemon. Acidity profile is average and I find Prosecco wines a bit boring.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Domaine Chandon Brut USA, California
85 points
Simple Sparkling wine with minerals and straw character. Short finish.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Domaine Chandon Rosé USA, California
77 points
What a strange Sparkling wine and was really bitter on the palate. The main element was a floral quality and it featured a short finish. Not well made at all!
White - Sparkling
N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut France, Champagne
90 points
I have never had a bad bottle of Veuve Clicquot's N.V. offering and this one features lemon, lime, minerals dough and chalk. Complex and has a medium finish. Well done again.
Rosé - Sparkling
N.V. Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut Rosé France, Champagne
91 points
Very nice Rose Champagne with floral, strawberry, minerals and spice. Medium finish and nice acidity. Recommended.
White - Sparkling
2000 Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Champagne Brut La Grande Dame France, Champagne
92 points
Dough, raspberry, strawberry, minerals and floral notes. Complex overall with a medium finish. I did not like this as much as the 1998 and at $120 a bottle I will pass.
White - Sparkling
N.V. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Impérial France, Champagne
91 points
Drinking well right now with lemon, yeast, golden apples, and minerals. On the palate there is a fresh fruit explosion and good acidity overall. Nice wine.
White - Sparkling
2000 Perrier-Jouët Champagne Cuvée Fleur de Champagne France, Champagne
92 points
Nice and got better as the bottle was consumed. A 90 to start and then a 92. Lemon, dough, minerals, golden apples and pear. The wine is complex overall and has a medium finish. At $100 a bottle not a good QPR.
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