Bernard-Massard Brut Cuvée de l’Écusson

LCBO#: 970970
Price: $19.95
Vintages
Made in: Luxembourg
By: Bernard-Massard S.A.

A Luxembourg Sparkling with a creamier head than most. Yeasty nose with mostly apples. Dry enough mouthfeel, but mostly crisp. Again, apples and yeast in the taste, all on the mild side. Light yeast lingers. Hints of bananas. Nothing really offensive, unless you prefer hardly no yeast. Easy to drink overall and presentable. Still, the Andrea Biasiotto Extra Dry Prosecco we just had a week ago, was way better and less expensive, all in the Vintages.

Rating: 3.3/5

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Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay Pinot Noir Brut Cuvée

LCBO#: 210633
Price: $14.95
Made in: Australia
By: Jacob’s Creek Wines

This Australia Sparkling has a very nice presentation with a real cork, and cage. The grape nose is pretty sweet with the Chardonnay notes. The taste has a nice sourness to balance the sweetness. The dryness is light and the finish is short. Tart remains on the tongue, with some mild yeast lingering. Nothing too wild and lacking a little dryness to be a great one. Still, quite presentable anytime.

Rating: 3.6/5

Thorn-Clarke Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV Brut Reserve

imageLCBO#: 280925
Price: $16.95
Made in: South Australia, Australia
By: Az. Thorne-Clarke Wines

This Australian Sparkling comes in a nicely labeled bottle. It seems to have a pink hue. The nose has this Pinot Noir red grape aroma giving some sweetness with some light hints of smokiness (after breathing). The taste starts off on a sour note with a yeast finish. A big yeasty end. Not much other than that. Smells nice, but the taste is not happening. Too much yeast and not much else.

Rating: 3.1/5

Cono Sur Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé

imageLCBO#: 365205
Price: $13.90
Made in: Pirque, Chile
By: Vina Tocornal

This Chilean Sparkling Rose is made 100% of Pinot Noir. It does not seem to have much carbonation, from the cap popping to the bigger bubbles in the wine. Mild berry aromas with some sourness and sweetness, but yes, mild overall. The taste starts off sweet with honey notes and some light sourness and dryness. The yeast is pretty well hidden, maybe affecting the carbonation, but some is felt when gases are released. Again, like most Cono Sur products, inexpensive and quite easy to drink. Nothing fancy, but nothing bad for the price.

Rating: 3.2/5

Codorniu Seleccion Raventos Rosé

imageLCBO#: 370080
Price: $15.95
Made in: Sant Sadurni D’Anoia, Spain
By: Codorniu S.A.
Varietal: Pinot Noir

This Spanish Sparkling Rosé has strawberry aromas with some yeast and notes of vinegar, cherries and plum. Unfortunately, the taste is not as complete. The strawberries are milder with some light sourness in the middle and the yeast showing in the finish. Hints of nuts linger. The mouth is a little too watery and because of this, the yeast is a little too present. Nothing too offensive, but not one we would buy again (better out there for the price).

Rating: 2.8/5

G. Marquis Silver Line Pinot Noir 2012

imageLCBO#: 258673
Price: $19.95
Made in: Ontario, Canada
By: Magnotta Winery

This Ontarian Pinot Noir is a deep ruby red, but clear overall. Berry aromas with nice notes of cherries. After breathing, mild leather comes out and beautiful spices. The berries are quite present in the taste, with some caramel hints and tarty yeast lingers. Was good alone, but was great with food with spices and herbs. Some nice dryness, but not too crazy with very mild tannins. Definitely worth trying if you can you find it. In the Vintages at the LCBO.

Rating: 4.1/5

Sophora Sparkling Cuvée

20140330-153757.jpgLCBO#: 353656
Price: $19.95
Made in: Aukland, New Zealand
By: Lion Nathan Wine Group

This Sparkling from New Zealand is blended from Chardonnay (52%) and Pinot Noir (48%) grapes. Colour is a little darker than usual with a nice creamy head. Big aromas of apples with hints of vinegar. Things calm down eventually and very light vanilla comes to caress the apples. The taste is a little sour, but mixed with some sweetness. Body seems a little too thick overall, but a little dryness just comes and saves the syrupy mouthfeel. A stronger all-around Sparkling with nothing offensive, but just lacking a bit of balance. Recommended to those who like lots of fruits (apples, grapes) and less dry.

Rating: 3.7/5