Kenmore, WA 12% alc. (Purchased on 5/12/13)
I bought this wine for two reasons: I like unusual sparklers (and sparklers in general) and I’ve never seen packaging quite like this…especially in a sparkling wine. I believe the idea here was to catch the consumer’s eye. And actually, it might be a great gift idea…for weddings, birthdays and other special occasions. The big plastic top fits over the typical hooded, wired champagne-type cork and is employed for it’s aesthetics…as it serves no other purpose. The heavy clear glass bottle is long and sleek…a “designer” spumante.
As for the wine…Clear pale straw with plenty of spritzy tiny bubbles beading up from the bottom center of my flute, releasing a fine mousse. Very closed nose showing little in the way of bouquet. Perhaps a touch of lemony citrus, but almost no bread dough yeastiness. Tingly in the mouth with a slowly releasing sparkle. Flavors are also quite subtle and show some underripe pear and grapefruit with a tiny bit of grapefruit pith bitterness in the finish. Label indicates extra dry, which means a light sugar dosage. It’s really light because I’d say this bubbly comes off as pretty dry, though I detect the slightest sweetness in the finish. Very pleasant served ice cold and for five bucks it beats a lot of other mostly domestic cheapo sparklers that I’ve had over the years. If it’s still at the Kenmore store when I return to the Seattle side for Father’s Day, I may just have to grab a couple more for the novelty and because it tastes pretty good.