Lightweight and easy drinking, this opens with aromas of grilled meat, toast and raspberries. The balanced palate offers plenty of red fruit, while the finish tastes of buttered rum and meat juices. Best Buy. —K.F.
In this price category, you're lucky to find a sparkler that won't give you a killer headache the morning after revelry—so it's just gravy that this wine tastes good, too. Slight coppery hue, with dusty cherry aromas and flavors. It's soft, foamy and goes down easy.
The nose is tight, with some tobacco, leather and green bean poking through. Cherry and chocolate flavors lead into a dry palate. The early impression beats the lasting one, making it solid but unspectacular
A very dry, lean, spare style of Sauvignon. Smells fresh—like fresh green pea—and a green herbaceousness continues on the palate. It’s just the thing for an outdoor party or wedding, but its wiry profile won’t appeal to everyone. Imported by Davies & Co.
Starts off with a slightly flinty note that quickly gives way to peach, pineapple and a touch of popcorn. A bit viscous on the palate, and with a touch of underripe peach on the finish, but overall a solid effort.