Lot 18, $18.49
Aaron: This isn’t super complex, but it tastes pretty good. Honey and melon on the nose, followed by a sweet, syrupy flavor. There is more honey, plus brown sugar on the palate with some peach, making this super easy drinking. 90 points
Teri: Sweet peach and red apple with an almost ‘sticky’ mouth feel. This sparkling wine is good but on the sweeter side. Not too complex. Fruity. 89 points.
Purchased from World Market, $12.99
Total Wine & More, $8.79
Aaron: This is basically sparkling cranberry juice. Definitely not my favorite and not something I’d recommend unless you’re really new to wine and like sour-ish juice. There is minimal smell and this was not complex at all. It’s almost sparkly, I guess that’s fun. 82 points
Teri: This is a very easy to drink wine. The low alcohol content paired with slight effervescence makes it similar to festive juice. A good starter wine, or for someone who says they don’t like “wine.” It is heavier than a sparkling wine, but not by much. There is no depth but an abundance of sweeter raspberry and bing cherry flavors. Only 5.5% alcohol makes it a great outdoor summer wine and very easy to enjoy. 87 points for drinkability and price.
Info on Wine Searcher
Aaron: Crisp apple and seawater nose. Lots of fruity pears and red apple. Not super harsh and doesn’t remind me of a traditional brut. Pretty tasty and full. 90 points
Teri: Light smell with flavors of pear and peach on the wine. Balanced bubbled and flavor. I enjoy the crispness of the sparkling wine plus the beautiful flavor. This bottle is not only beautiful but also delicious. Great gift or bring to a festive party! 90 points
Lot 18, $16
Aaron: This is pretty good. Light, green apple on the nose. Mild flavor with lots of apricot and pear as well as some saltine crackers. 89 points
Teri: Light nose, but beautiful and sturdy flavors of apple, lemon, walnut and a hint of vanilla. Almost too many bubbles, but that was ok with me. The flavor lingers after you swallow and leaves you wanting more. 91 points
Trader Joes, $6.99
Aaron: For $7, not bad. Musty green apple and toasted pear on the nose, followed by a sharp, metallic flavor with spice. This transformed into white grapes and sunflowers (what, you’ve only tasted sunflower seeds!?). 89 points
Teri: For a $7 bottle and the ease of picking this one up from your local Trader Joes, this bottle is a win. I smelled light lemon on the nose with nutty flavors, additional lemon, and a hint of red apple on the taste. This Brut is crisp with good flavor and nice mouthfeel. Great value and cheep enough to have a bottle around for any occasion. 89 points