Here’s a quick round-up of the various tasty bubbles I’ve been enjoying lately. Hopefully just in time for those of you are setting out to buy New Year’s Eve provisions!
As for the wines, I’ve included a variety of price points and styles, so hopefully there’s something for everyone and every budget. Here’s to closing out the year in style — Cheers!
Freixenet NV Cava Brut Cordon Negro ($12). A good drink, at a good price. With fleshy apricot and crisp Asian pear flavors, with a nutty note that lingers on the finish, along with hints of spice. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Gerard Bertrand 2010 Crémant de Limoux Brut ($13). An impressive value on a completely tasty wine. This bubbly from the south of France offers crisp, fruity flavors of ripe apple and citrus notes, toasty accents and a touch of dry mineral notes that adds complexity and interest. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Mionetto NV Prosecco Brut Treviso ($14). This lowest-price Prosecco was actually one of my favorites. It offers appealing mineral complexity and a nice mouthfeel oomph. Fig, white peach, and a touch of wildflower honey emerge through the finish. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Voveti NV Prosecco ($17). Soft and peachy, with light touches of tangerine and honeysuckle. A pretty, lightly off-dry sipper. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Freixenet NV Cava Brut Pinot Noir Elyssia ($18). A great solution when you want to serve rosé bubbles to a crowd — you do the math on this bottle vs. rosé Champagne! It’s delish, with touches of cream, biscuit and toasty yeast accenting fresh raspberry, citrus and apple fruit. Crisp finish. Really liked. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Freixenet NV Cava Brut Gran Cuvée Elyssia ($18). Crisp and food-friendly, offering juicy green apple and crisp pear flavors laced with toasted almond, slate and lemon peel notes before picking up a touch of cream on the finish. A lot going on for the price. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Nino Franco NV Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore Rustico ($18). An appealing, balanced, crowd-pleaser of a sparkler. Offering easy-drinking fruitiness, touches of creamy smoothness, and a fresh, pretty finish. Liked as an aperitif with a handful of roasted cashews. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Carpenè Malvolti NV Prosecco Superiore Extra Dry ($19). Soft and fruity, with just enough crisp green apple and dry mineral notes to add balance and interest. Easy drinking pleaser. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Lucien Albrecht NV Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé ($20). Always a nice choice for affordable pink bubbles. Offering fruity red berry, a touch of cherry, and a fresh, lightly mineral-laced finish. Easy to pair with food. How about a big batch of crispy, salty french fries? Yes, please. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Pierre Sparr NV Crémant d’Alsace Brut Reserve ($20). Rich and frothy, with creamy notes accenting flavorful, pretty tangerine, crisp apple and complex mineral notes. Very nice, particularly at this price, and a lovely choice with or without food. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Santa Margherita Sparkling Rosé Trentino-Alto Adige ($24). For about the same price as this label’s popular Pinot Grigio, I much prefer this wine. Pretty floral aromas introduce crisp red berry flavors that soften through the finish. Decent complexity; easy to like. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Domaine Sorin NV Bandol Brut Rosé ($25). Doesn’t disappoint! With subtle warm earth and slate notes to the sunny red raspberry and currant fruit. Finishes with bright acidity and just a touch of cream. Ready to drink now. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Nicolas Feuillatte NV Champagne Brut ($37). One of my go-to NV Champagne producers, for this Brut and the Brut Rosé. Offering structure and body at an affordable price, with ripe apple, fig, apricot skin, and lemon curd flavors accented with roasted hazelnut, brioche and cream notes mingling through the bright, crisp finish. Ready to drink now and over the next 4-5 years. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Iron Horse 2007 Blanc de Blancs Green Valley Ocean Reserve ($40). A tasty way to toast the holidays and do some good in the world at the same time — for every bottle sold, $4 goes to National Geographic’s efforts to save the ocean, establish marine protected areas, and support sustainable fishing practices. This lovely sparkler offers layers of key lime, passion fruit, quince, brioche and toasty vanilla. Pretty and complex through the lingering, supple finish. A nice balance between richness and delicacy. Ready to drink now and over the next couple of years. Locate this wine online or in your area.
Pierre Gimonnet NV Champagne Brut Blanc de Blancs Cuis ($60). Manages to offer delicate, complex flavors without being light or less-than in any way. Quince, Asian pear, green melon, lemon peel stay focused through the finish, picking up touches of brioche and mineral along the way. Delicious now and over the next 2-3 years. Locate this wine online or in your area.