Tasting notes, April 22, 2023; Spring sparklers

                     Spring Sparklers

NV Moncuit Delos
$64.99 / Case Price $52
Mesnil-sur-Oger/ Champagne / France
100% Chardonnay
Fermented and aged in stainless steel, only Grand Cru fruit is used for this stellar Champagne. Describing this as lean is correct but does not do justice to the level of complexity found here.  
2017 Rocher des Violettes Petillant 
On Sale for $25
Montlouis / Loire Valley/ France
100% Chenin Blanc
Primary fermentation is carried out in stainless steel before secondary fermentation (the bubbly part) takes place in bottle. This is a honeyed, expressive sparkler that reveals the generosity of the Montlouis appellation.
2021 Ameztoi
On Sale for $19.99
Getariako / Txakolina / Spain
Hondarribi Zuri, Hondarribi Beltza
Created from a co-fermented blend of Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza, the prickly Rubentis offers all of the energy found in standard Txakoli embellished with fresh red fruit flavors. Ameztoi was one of the first producers to introduce the Rose style to the region and remains the benchmark for the category.
2021 Avinyo Petillant
On Sale for $15.99
Penedes / Catalonia / Spain
70% Muscat, 20% Macabeo, 10% Xarel-lo
Fizzy and floral, this delightfully refreshing white is produced by one of our favorite Cava producers, Avinyo. While the nose may convey sweetness, the palate is quite dry and features plenty of acid.
2022 Vajra Moscato d’Asti
$22.99 / Case Price $18.40
Asti / Piedmont / Italy
100% Muscat
Frothy and bursting with flavors of peach and pear, Vajra’s Moscato is a treat for all willing to forgo their sweetness bias. The wine is finished at 5.5% alcohol, making it a perfect lunchtime drink,
NV Puianello Lambrusco Amabile
$14.99 / Case Price $12
Reggiano / Emilia Romagna / Italy
Various Lambrusco Clones
Your classic partner to all things charcuterie, Lambrusco is also a marvelous change-of-pace wine for any occasion. Drink this medium weight, ever-so-slightly sweet (Amabile) red sparkler all summer.