Variety: 75% Chardonnay; 25% Pinot Noir
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Cost: $13 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Notes: Greenish yellow color with delicate bubbles. Lime and apple aromas. Fresh and fruity with crisp natural acidity. Ideal as an aperitive and with fish dishes.
My Review: I really enjoy drinking sparkling wine. Not for special occasions (ok, yes on special occasions, but not ONLY on special occasions). Because of that, finding value sparkling wine is always high on my list – my wife and I have several that we like to go to, many of them ones you can find at your local store for under $20.
So I was more than a little pleased to get to try a pair of sub-$20 sparkling wines from an area of the world that I regularly enjoy drinking wine from.
In the glass, the wine showed a greenish-yellow tinge, and on the nose I picked up apples and a touch of yeast. In the mouth the bubbles were small and active, with crisp citrus notes being balanced by the yeasty notes I had picked up on the nose, all leading into a crisp, clean, refreshing finish.
My wife and I sipped this wine by itself, and it’s great for that, especially at the price point. That being said, with some light fish or with light fare or a charcuterie, this would be an easy go-to, perfect for sipping on a patio or enjoying with friends as you catch up.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.