2013 Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs Brut Sparkling Wine
*Two Stars* Very much true to the Blanc de Blancs model with a defined minerally streak to its lean, lightly lemony, nicely autolyzed aromas, Schramsberg's is a crisp, explosively effervescent working that brings a bit more yeasty richness into play in the mouth. It is charged with plenty of brisk, palate-cleansing acidity but does not err to ungainly tartness, and while never too austere to be sipped on its own, it will make first-rate drinking with a platter of briny, fresh oysters.
*Editors' Choice* Delicious lemon-meringue aromas make a great start for this medium-bodied Chardonnay-based wine. Flavors are lively, lemony, with baking-spice accents. A buttery, creamy element carries into the lingering, tangy finish. (JG)
Wine & Spirits
Simple and juicy, with a sweet heirloom apple flavor, this is a straightforward, easygoing sparkling wine for aperitifs.
Elegant and rich, with lemon tart and yeasty cinnamon aromas leading to sleek yet creamy flavors of apple and spiced almond that linger. (TF)