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Juvé & Camps Reserva Essential Xarello Brut 2014

Juvé & Camps Reserva Essential Xarello Brut 2014

The winemaker at Juvé & Camps attributes this Cava's round, rich mouthfeel to the presence of polysaccharides released during fermentation, as well as during the process of maturation on the lees. Indeed, all of the wines in this lineup display autolytic features to a greater or lesser degree. The 2014 Reserva Essential Xarello Brut also has a compelling herbal profile. Asian pear aromas. In the mouth, dry mint, fennel, and smoke swirl around a deliciously creamy mid-palate. 12.0% ABV | sample Juvé & Camps 9.0 Points...

Juvé & Camps Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2012

Juvé & Camps Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2012

The color of onion skin, Juvé & Camps Cava Gran Reserva Brut 2012 unfurls at a leisurely pace. Smoky, autolytic notes rise above decadently layered aromas of dried fruit, molasses, baked apple, forest honey, and almond skins. As fine, cascading bubbles dart to and fro, springing forth from a core that is softly textured and clean, endowed with stone fruit and citrus. That beguiling smoky note reemerges at the close. 7 g/l RS, 12.0% ABV | Sample Juvé & Camps 9.0 Points...

Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore Brut NV

Umberto Bortolotti's exquisite line of Proseccos, their non-vintage Valdobbiadene Brut is the sweetest of the line, all have feature attractive creaminess at the core and a mousse that is notably finer than most Proseccos I've tasted. It opens with a garland of white flowers, acacia honey and honeydew melon. Here, the creaminess is upfront, gradually subsiding to a saline-flecked mineral finish. 7 g/l, 11.5% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 9.0 Points...

Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole Valdobbiadene 2016

Umberto Bortolotti's stylish 2016 Rive Di S. Stefano Montagnole Valdobbiadene qualifies as one of the best Proseccos I've had in recent memory. Aromas of fresh Williams pear, green apple, and white grapefruit pith are held aloft by ultra-fine, diaphanous bubbles. At 2 g/l residual sugar, it feels perceptibly dry and crisp. Calcium-rich marl limestone soils have contributed to this wine's textural finesse and finish, amply infused with pear and old marine bones. 11.7% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 9.1 Points ...

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle 2016

Cantine Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle 2016

From a single 2.65 ha parcel on the steep slopes of the Rive DOCG, the 2016 Umberto Bortolotti Piai Alto Valdobbiadene Rive Di Rolle is awash with delicate, tender aromas of acacia flowers, acacia honey, that swirl 'round white peach and Asian pear. It's round and creamy upfront, with a delicate honeyed character that can be felt on the nose, and all the way through to a meandering finish. 13.2 g/l, 11.6% ABV | Sample Cantine Umberto Bortolotti 8.9 Points  ...

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé NV

Lucien Albrecht Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé NV

The season of lights continues with this mercurial Cremant d'Alsace from Lucien Albrecht. Glinting copper and rose gold in the glass, it's an expressive wine, trimmed with apricot and quince, red berries and spice—notes that rise and tumble through an alluvion of cascading bubbles. In the mouth, this 100% Alsatian Pinot Noir is fresh and vivid, with concentrated layers of fruit. Highly recommended. Sample Lucien Albrecht 9.0 Points...

Dopff & Irion Crémant d'Alsace Rosé Brut NV

Dopff & Irion Crémant d’Alsace Rosé Brut NV

A luminous salmon-hued sparker, Dopff & Irion's Brut Rosé is composed of 100% Pinot Noir and opens with a cascade of lively bubbles that give rise to a chorus of citrus, raspberry, alpine strawberry, and spice notes. Nice energy on the palate, with acidity that ebbs and flows as it darts through clean layers pink grapefruit pith and nuanced limestone minerality. (For those of you who love sparkling wines and are looking for a good value, Crémant d'Alsace is a region to seek out.)12.5% ABV | Sample Dopff & Irion 9.0 Points  ...

Camille Braun Crémant d'Alsace Brut

Camille Braun Crémant d’Alsace Brut NV

Really loving this year's crop Crémant d'Alsace sparklers, including this honey-hued biodynamic blend of 60% Auxerrois and 40% Pinot blanc from Camille Braun. It's expansive on the nose, expressing baked apple and poached pear along with a heady topnote of shortbread, brioche, and earth. In the mouth, there's weight, but there's nice palate tension, too—a sensation that comes across as a bright, pleasant streak of bitterness—pink grapefruit pith puncturing wet dough. 12.5% ABV | Sample Domaine Camille Braun 8.9 Points ...

La Marca Prosecco NV

La Marca Prosecco NV

La Marca Prosecco is a tasteful addition to any holiday table. A torrent of clinquant bubbles adds sparkle and elan to delicate aromas of yellow apple, lemon, white flowers, and acacia honey. This is a spritely, medium-bodied Prosecco graced with bright acidity, creamy texture, and a welcome burst of subtle minerality twining a pleasant bittersweet peach pit note on the finish. 11.29% ABV | Sample La Marca Prosecco 8.9 Points...

Vietti Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta 2015

Vietti Moscato d’Asti Cascinetta 2015

An affordable holiday bubbly—Vietti's 2015 Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta has a classic profile for the varietal. Lovely notes of baked apple and poached pear lie well beneath granulated honey, star gazer lilly and chamomile. At 5% ABV, it's quaffable and charming. — August 11, 2017 I have a weakness for Vietti's Moscato d'Asti Cascinetta, the 2015 is no exception, offering a nose of honey, chamomile and bruised pear. Nice concentration and viscosity with enough acidity to keep it light and lively. Yes! — November 27, 2016 Vietti 8.9 Points...