Anne Amie Vineyards Marilyn Sparkling 2011

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Anne Amie Vineyards
Fanciful Name: Marilyn
Varietal: Sparkling
Vintage: 2011
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Willamette Valley
Retail Price: $60.00

Tasting Notes: This may be the best domestic sparkling wine made. Pinot noir and chardonnay combine to create a luscious palate of brioche, apple, Meyer lemon, stone and lime zest, all leading to a crisp, creamy, rich finish. If you’re going to pamper yourself, this is the one.
Anne Amie Vineyards Marilyn Sparkling 2011

Bernard Remy Sparkling

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Bernard Remy
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Loire Valley
Retail Price: $43.50

Tasting Notes: An unusually attractive price for such a high-quality wine. Sourced from top-grade vineyard sites, this grower Champagne is a true value, considering its quality. Elegant and focused, the brut level of sweetness accentuates the bright fruit, along with the wine’s backbone. The finish is long, balanced and confirms the wine's pedigree.
Bernard Remy Sparkling

Besserat de Bellefon Bleu Brut Sparkling

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Besserat de Bellefon
Fanciful Name: Bleu Brut
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Epernay
Retail Price: $60.00

Tasting Notes: Using the three traditional Champagne grape varieties, sourced from top sub-regions across Champagne, in a well-balanced blend contributes to this lovely wine’s allure. Fruit and floral characteristics blend into a harmonious whole, with large quantities refinement and panache.
Besserat de Bellefon Bleu Brut Sparkling

Herdade do Rocim Brut Nature Sparkling 2014

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Herdade do Rocim
Fanciful Name: Brut Nature
Varietal: Sparkling
Vintage: 2014
Country of Origin: Portugal
Appellation: Alentejano
Retail Price: $29.00

Tasting Notes: From one of central Portugal's top producers, this enchanting sparkling wine ticks all of the boxes. Produced from the iconic Touriga Nacional grape — better known for its dark fruit characteristics — this wine is pale salmon in the glass. On the nose and palate it is refined, with focused ethereal fruit notes. The effervescence is long lasting, delivering the fruit and subtle spices to the nose and palate.
Herdade do Rocim Brut Nature Sparkling 2014

Taittinger La Française Sparkling

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Taittinger
Fanciful Name: La Française
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Reims
Retail Price: $49.99

Tasting Notes: With Chardonnay making up a plurality of the blend, the La Française exhibits an energy and vitality that many of its peers lack. A brilliant pale gold in the glass, the wine delivers a complex mixture of clean stone fruit, with subtle notes of spice and floral characteristics to the nose and palate.
Taittinger  La Française Sparkling

Mionetto Luxury Sparkling

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Mionetto
Fanciful Name: Luxury
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: Italy
Appellation: Cartizze
Retail Price: $35.00

Tasting Notes: From one the top volume producers in the Prosecco region comes a single-vineyard, top-end wine. Cartizze is the top-rated source for glera, and this fine example of a Cartizze Prosecco Superiore is a prime example of why the site is so highly regarded. On the nose, and in the mouth, you immediately notice the subtle tree and stone fruit, followed by a finish showcasing the quality of the wine.
Mionetto Luxury Sparkling

Roederer Estate Sparkling

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Roederer Estate
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Retail Price: $25.00

Tasting Notes: Pale lemony color that lights up your glass. Vibrant and creamy bubbles that last on the palate. Ripe citrus fruits with a hint of spice and toast. Well-made, affordable substitute for the consumer who wants a good "Champagne" without paying the big money.
Roederer Estate Sparkling

Gruet Sparkling

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Gruet
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Engle
Retail Price: $18.00

Tasting Notes: Always a favorite, bright and inviting, with hints of wild strawberry and cherry. Rich and fruity, but dry, in the brut style. Lovely in the glass and lovely on your palate.
Gruet Sparkling

Prosper Maufoux Sparkling

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Prosper Maufoux
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: France
Appellation: Cremant de Bourgogne
Retail Price: $19.00

Tasting Notes: From one of Burgundy's highly regarded producers, this combination of pinot noir, chardonnay and gamay is a wonderful example of what experience and care can bring to the final product. A lovely pale pink in the glass, the nose and palate share a wide range of aromas and tastes, with bright red fruit and subtle spice among the components. At this price, it's worth buying multiple bottles.
Prosper Maufoux Sparkling

Piper Sonoma Sparkling

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Piper Sonoma
Varietal: Sparkling
Country of Origin: United States
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Retail Price: $22.00

Tasting Notes: Utilizing some of the finest grapes Sonoma has to offer, this blend of chardonnay, pinot noir and some pinot blanc exhibits a striking bright pink in the glass. The nose and palate share an attractive profile of bright red fruit, with citrus and tropical notes. The lively finish is alluring and persistent.
Piper Sonoma Sparkling