Variety: 75% Pinot Noir; 25% Chardonnay
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Cost: $13 (SRP)
Winemaker’s Note: Salmon color with delicate bubbles. Red fruit aromas with citric notes. Fresh with medium acidity and fruity finish. Ideal with seafood and fresh dishes.
My Review: Anybody that says you need a special occasion for sparkling wine is trying to sell you something. Need a special occasion? Making it through the day is pretty damn special if you ask me (especially if you have a day full of meetings). Which is why on a Wednesday evening, my wife and I opened a bottle of Sparkling Rose’ from Domaine Bousquet.
In the glass the wine was salmon-colored — a light orangish pink that is easy to identify. On the nose I picked up crisp citrus and strawberry notes. In the mouth the bubbles were small to medium in size, and flavors of peach and slightly under ripe strawberry,, giving it just the right amount of tartness, jumped out at me.
We paired the wine with sushi, which for the record was the first time since last year we’d had sushi. The crisp, tart notes of the wine were a nice balance to the spicy sushi we’d picked out, providing a good crisp contrast to both the heat and the creamy avocado that came on several of our roll selections.
At $13 the wine is a good value — you’re not likely to open it for for that special celebration, but on a Wednesday night in sweatpants with some sushi when you’ve barely left your house in a year, it’s not something you’ll be sad to find in your glass either.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.