I know the bubbles/bubbly wine writing challenge is past, but I wanted to post this anyway. First, though, many congratulations to Traveling Wine Chick for coming out on top in the Monthly Wine Writing Challenge #27! Her entry is quite an enjoyable piece. If you haven’t read it, I recommend it. Click HERE to view. This post won’t be as fullsome or as well phrased, but it will be about bubbles nonetheless.
Notes: At 11% alcohol, this light straw-colored bubbly was a tad sweet. It had good acidity, a light heft on the palate, and a bouquet of nectarine with floral notes and a hint of cream. At least that’s what I smelled. I can only share with you what my nose told me. Flavors were gentle as was the effervescence. It seemed like a light citrusade to my taste buds – a mix of citrus. It was pleasant, and I actually thought the tart flavors balanced the sweetness pretty well. It’s simple. It’s easy to drink.
It has been quite awhile since last I posted. I apologize profusely for the extreme delay, but I had a darned good (some might say extreme) reason. I was presented with a surprise – a big surprise – health challenge. Thus, as you might imagine, that subject has taken pretty much all my focus for a time. It also prevented me from enjoying adult beverages for a bit.
Now that things are looking a tad brighter, I thought I’d pop a bottle of bubbly stuff to celebrate. (Don’t worry, I have the doctors’ blessings) So …. Cheers!
Notes: On the nose of this extremely pale sparkling wine I caught a very sharp citrus scent. On the tongue I thought acidity was good and the body characteristically light. Flavors consisted of a citrus core with hints of almond and toast. It was quite bubbly. I’d even call it aggressively effervescent – almost too much for me. Even so, I was more than pleased to have the opportunity to let it prick my tongue and tickle my nose.
One day several months ago, I was perusing the wine selections at my local Trader Joe’s. Having begun my wine “career” learning the ropes among mostly American single varietal wines, the offerings from Italy can still take me a little more time to process. In other words, I was hovering to read the labels in depth and in the process blocking people’s access to the wines. Finally, one very nice elderly woman insinuated herself in front of me to grab her selection. As she did, she asked me what I was looking for. Right at that moment I was pondering the Le Grotte Lambrusco dell’Emilia Bianco Dolce. Seeing this while grabbing a bottle of the Martellozzo Prosecco in each hand, she suggested the Martellozzo. She gave it her full, heartfelt endorsement. So when I had to decide which bubbly libation I wanted for my New Year’s Eve 2013/2014 celebration, I knew just what I wanted to try.
Notes: In the glass this Italian bubbly was very pale yellow. On the nose I caught gentle scents of apple and lime. The body was light. Acidity was fine. Of course, it was bubbly. Starting out very effervescent on pour, even frothing, it then settled much like another very famous sparkling wine. Alcohol was at 10.5%. On the palate this Prosecco was light and fairly simple – primarily apple and citrus. The citrus hit first as lime but quickly moved to more of a grapefruit flavor. The finish brought some grass, grapefruit zest and a hint of nut (almond, I believe). I can say that overall I liked this Vino Frizzante better than some experiences I’ve had with inexpensive wines made using theMéthode Champenoise. Even though this may not go down in the books as my favorite sparkler ever, it was certainly pleasant to drink and served quite well for a New Year’s toast.