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Summer Wine Guides 2021: Sparklers

Summer Wine Guides 2021: Sparklers

Kalle Bergman

While summer tends to be festive in and of itself, adding a little sparkle to it never hurts. And with the boom of amazing sparkling wines coming out of unexpected places, we’re more excited than ever to pair every summer day with a little bubbly.

From England(!) to South Africa, this final summer wine guide of 2021 focuses on our favorite sparklers to pair with lazy or active summer days alike. Accompanied by note from the winemakers, let’s get into it:

 

Scharffenberger

Brut Excellence N.V.

Mendocino County · United States

$23

Winemaker’s Notes:

After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.

 

La Crema

Russian River Valley Brut Rose

Russian River Valley · United States

$40

Winemaker’s Notes:

On the nose, aromas of white flowers, Braeburn apple and crushed oyster shell. Flavors of lemon meringue, wild strawberries and fresh ginger on the palate. A lively core of acidity is followed by a vibrant lingering finish.

 

Sokol Blosser

Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling 2017

Oregon · United States

$28

Winemaker’s Notes:

The Bluebird Cuvée Sparkling is designated as a Brut level of sweetness. Expressing aromatics of lychee and baguette. There are notes of spiced apple cider on the nose and on the palate, and the finish is crisp pear with bright acidity and fine bubbles.

 

Graham Beck

Brut Blanc de Blancs 2015

Western Cape · South Africa

$30

Winemaker’s Notes:

Graham Beck’s Méthode Cap Classique wines are made with meticulous attention to detail using the traditional method. They have been served at the inauguration and nomination celebrations of Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, two fathers with incredible class. Celebrate what matters with this sparkler.

 

J Vineyards

Cuvée 20 Brut N.V.

Russian River Valley · United States

$38

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our J Cuvée 20 Brut opens with nuanced aromas of toasted almond, followed by notes of Braeburn apple, dried cranberry and ginger snap. A delicate dance of bubbles leads to a soft palate with flavors of lemon meringue pie, as the wine’s creaminess is whisked away by a lively finish. Pair this versatile sparkler with Dungeness crab cake or lobster roll, fresh popped white cheddar popcorn or goat cheese rolled with herbes d’provence.

 

J Vineyards

Brut Rosé N.V.

Russian River Valley · United States

$45

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our J Brut Rosé sparkles with a vibrant, pink salmon hue and inviting aromas of jasmine blossom, Kaffir lime leaf, tangerine and raspberry. The mouthfeel is creamy and delicate, with a fine, energetic mousse that tickles the tongue. The deeply nuanced palate features notes of ripe strawberry, Bing cherry, blood orange and lemon meringue, with hints of slivered almond and watermelon juice. Pair this lively sparkling Rosé with tuna poke or grilled prawns with Meyer lemon gastrique over basmati rice. Also try a cheese pairing of gruyere with strawberry mostarda or gouda with grilled peaches.

 

Black Elephant Vintners

Cap Classique Brut N.V.

Franschhoek · South Africa

$36

Winemaker’s Notes:

Taking its inspiration from the design of the Ducati Monster, we stripped off all the bling so commonly associated with Champagnes, Cap Classique, Prosecco etc. Yes, you can’t read the label which makes you pick it up and engage….now you just have to put it into your trolley and buy it. Well suited to the African palate, that prefers sweet, but wants to drink a dry style. With a sugar level of 8g/l, well below the Brut limit of 12g/l, combined with the Chardonnay/Pinot Noir blend we have a style that is far more accessible. A very Sociable style that is suited to large parties, weddings and groups of friends, you will need more than one bottle.

 

Argyle

Knudsen Vineyard Brut Vintage 2017

Willamette Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Planted in 1974 and at 900 feet elevation is where you’ll find this unique parcel of Pinot Noir for our Knudsen Vineyard Brut. Some of the few remaining vines in the Dundee Hills from that early pioneering era, this own-rooted Pommard at high elevation expresses incredible density, complexity, and elegance. Fermenting and aging in neutral wood barrel helps build layers of creamy complexity, exhibiting orange peel, nectarine and gingerbread while floating into a long, silky finish. 

 

Nyetimber

Classic Cuvee Brut

Sussex · United Kingdom

$69

Winemaker’s Notes:

The pale-golden hue and fine bubbles make our flagship Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage the ideal occasion-ready drink – whether it’s toasting a big birthday or simply finishing a busy week. Following extensive ageing in our cellar (usually more than three years), our Classic Cuvee Multi-Vintage has distinctive toasty and spicy aromas. A palate of honey, almond, pastry and baked apples gives it a hint of decadence. Intense yet delicate, elegant yet complex – it’s no wonder it’s consistently crowned one of the best English sparkling wines.

 

Argyle

Brut Rose 2017

Willamette Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Blended between our two high elevation vineyards, 2017 Brut Rosé displays the delicate refinement of the Dundee Hills and the energetic structure of the Eola-Amity Hills. The Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier core of the blend was destemmed and cold-soaked on its skins for 24-48 hours to extract pure fruit flavors and silky, elegant texture. Direct-press Chardonnay was blended in to bring focus and mineral tension. Bright, medium salmon-pink hue in color and perfume of rose petal, orange peel, and clove lead to an elegant, supple structure, and ginger-laced finish. 

 

Nyetimber

Rose

Sussex · United Kingdom

$70

Winemaker’s Notes:

This beautiful sunset-pink Multi-Vintage rosé has us dreaming of long, sunny days. Offering a unique combination of aromas, including British summer fruits and shortbread. Its creamy, round texture and refreshing redcurrant, raspberry and cherry flavours give it an elegant and silky finish.

 

Meadowcroft

Blanc de Blancs

Napa Valley · United States

$34

Winemaker’s Notes:

Complex layers of Honeycrisp apple and pear mix with toasted brioche and honeycomb. A creamy and velvety palate shows stone fruits such a s ripe nectarine with delicate floral notes finishing with bright acidity. This wine is a great match for a variety of food pairings from oysters, calamari, shellfish, and fresh green salads. Also a playful match for Asian dishes and salty, deep-fried foods. 

 

Domaine de Broglie

Block H Pommard Clone Brut Rosé 2018

Dundee Hills · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

The 2018 Brut Rosé has an expansive nose with dominant notes of tropical citrus, grapefruit, and lemon peel, coupled with a nice trace of nuttiness. Bright flavors on the palate include classic “Brut” notes, pomegranate, grapefruit, and a trace of red fruit and strawberry. There is a wonderful tension between sparkling mouthfeel and acidity, with nut and bread on the finish.

 

Raptor Ridge

2015 Sparkling Brut Rosé

Chehalem Mountains · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

Since 1996, when we planted Harbinger Vineyard high in the Chehalem Mountains, we’ve watched the site struggle to produce a lean expression of Pinot noir in all but the warmest vintages. With over 2400 vines per acre, this single-guyot trellised site is densely planted by Oregon Standards. The top of the vineyard is about 800 feet above sea level, providing cool nights and slow ripening of the 100% Pinot noir plantings. In the particularly cool vintage of 2011, a switch went on in Scott’s brain…sparkle it! Henceforth, our approach to this 21-year old vineyard has been to focus on classic Méthode Champenoise.  In 2015 we decided to increase the production by adding some of our Tuscowallame Estate Pinot Noir, which comes from our highest block and contains a mixture of clones.  Both vineyards are farmed identically.   The base wine ferments and rests en tirage for about 3 years, before disgorgement and dosage to complete the wine for final bottling.

 

Willamette Valley Vineyards

2018 Appellation Cuvée Pinot Noir

Willamette Valley · United States

$55

Winemaker’s Notes:

On the Nose: Earthy red clay, cherries, rhubarb and violets.

On the Palate: Juicy and packed with red fruit and baking spices; Full-bodied and expansive, with fine-grained tannins and balancing acidity.

Food Pairings: Enjoy grilled meat dishes such as smothered filet mignon, smoked duck breast, savory braised pork roasts, caramelized onion tarts and white cheddar cheese.

 

Longboard Vineyards

Brut Rosé

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Russian River Valley · United States

$50

Winemaker’s Notes:

A Brut Rose Sparkler that is dry and complex, made in the traditional methode Champenoise method, except the base wines (all Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley) were barrel-fermented in neutral oak barrels to soften the wine and add complexity.

 

Goldeneye

Brut Rose 2017

Anderson Valley · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

This dazzling sparkling wine begins with layered aromas of orange marmalade and freshly baked biscuits, as well as notes of summer strawberry and cherry. On the palate, an elegant balance between the wine’s rich, supple texture and racy acidity provides a lovely framework for the vibrant citrus and berry flavors, with hints of brioche, baking spices and lemon zest lingering on the graceful finish.

 

Domaine Carneros

Brut Rosé (Cuvée de la Pompadour) 

Los Carneros · United States

$40

Winemaker’s Notes:

The wine’s aroma, delivered on a delicate mousse, hints at wild strawberry, raspberry, peach, apricot, honeysuckle and exotic spices. Despite what its color may suggest, it is a true Brut – completely dry. And while Domaine Carneros Brut Rosé is enjoyable at a young age, it will also gain wonderful complexity with

 

Stoller Family Estate

Larue’s Brut Rosé 2017

Dundee Hills · United States

$65

Winemaker’s Notes:

Our Brut Rosé is comprised of 84% Pinot Noir and 16% Chardonnay from higher elevation sections of our estate. A vibrant rose gold color, aromatics of ripe white cherry, marzipan, and subtle hints of brioche jump out of the glass. The palate is mouthwatering with fine bubbles and an energetic tension that carries through an elongated finish. 

 

Chemistry

Pinot Noir Rosé Bubbles N.V.

Willamette Valley · United States

$20

Winemaker’s Notes:

Sweet aromatics of Bubblicious watermelon fill the glass with hints of peaches and cream as you pull away. The palate is dry, juicy and vibrant, making for an unexpected delight, showing flavors of watermelon and tart strawberry. There’s a richness that fills out the mid-palate with flavors of watermelon and tart strawberry that begs for another sip. 

 

Domaine Carneros

Ultra Brut 2015

Los Carneros · United States

$45

Winemaker’s Notes:

Ultra Brut is a rare style of Sparkling wine that relies on flawless balance. Our 2015 vintage is a serious, expressive wine with a focused freshness and exceptionally long fnish. A mélange of toasted brioche, honeycomb and wild flower on the nose leads to a dry, brisk, beautifully balanced palate of roasted almond, golden apple and crisp pear. With a surprising

mouthwatering complexity, its bright, crisp fruit and dusty minerality ride on a serious structure, the persistent, palate-cleansing finish lingering on.

 

Breathless

Brut Rosé N.V.

North Coast · United States

$33

Winemaker’s Notes:

With dramatic color and lovely aromatics balanced by well-placed acidity, our Brut Rosé has a crisp, clean finish. Sonoma County.

 

Breathless

Blanc de Blancs N.V.

North Coast · United States

$36

Winemaker’s Notes:

Bubbles bring forth aromas and roundness before finishing with light tropical notes.

100% Chardonnay.

 

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