Jackson-Triggs Reserve Sparkling

LCBO#: 217679
Price: $15.95
Made in: Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario
By: Jackson-Triggs Estate Wines
Year: 2017

5 years ago, we reviewed this sparkling under the name “Jackson-Triggs Méthode Cuve Close 2012”, and this is still a favourite for the price. As consistent as usual. Great bubbles, sparkling away, zapping in the mouth. A beautiful blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. Loads of well-balanced green apples all over. Just a nice dryness that is not over the top, making this very easy to drink. Again, the yeast is very well taken care of – as in not too tarty.

Rating: 4.3/5

Lily Méthode Cuve Close VQA

imageLCBO#: 418657
Price: $16.95
Made in: Harrow, Ontario, Canada
By: Colio Estate Wines

At first pour, the smell seems not very well-balanced with lots of sweetness and some sourness to the extreme. With time, things get better between them. The sweetness shows apples notes, the sourness calms down with some light yeast. The taste is pretty sweet, but not really syrupy, so quite acceptable. Hints of peaches are present with some decent dryness in the finish, but well-blended with some wetness. The finish is pretty short. Very mild yeast sticks on the tongue. Quite an easy-drinking Sparkling. Nothing too fine, but a safe bet to bring at any casual party.

Rating: 3.4/5

20 Bees Buzz & Bubbles

imageLCBO#: 332577
Price: $13.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Niagara Cellars Ltd.

This Canadian Bubbly starts off with a big yeast bang. Not the best yeast smell we have had. After a while, it clears up, releasing sweet honey notes and then the honeydew finale. The taste is on the sweet side, but not too syrupy, with the help of mild dryness. Eventually, hints of oranges and other fruits appear in the flavours. Yeast lingers. Still, a little too sweet to be a good one. Decent for those not so much into the dry ones.

Rating: 2.8/5