A Sparkling Perennial Pleaser

A Sparkling Perennial Pleaser

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What better wine thought after Labor Day than a hard-working, domestic sparkler, this one a California bubbly of class and color? The big news in the late 20th century was the investment that French Champagne estates made in California. Roederer, Moët & Chandon and Mumm were among the big names that put down west coast roots, and have kept them humming. Today’s wine is the non-vintage rosé of Mumm Napa. Established with locations throughout the valley, especially in the cooler Carneros region, Mumm remains a major player in well-distributed domestic bubbly.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé non-vintage $18 srp

Pale salmon pink in color. A blast of yeasty strawberry and rose petals greet your sinuses with crunchy apple highlights. The mouth texture is creamy and supple with a warm finish. Through it all, you taste wild strawberry with mouth-filling sensations plus crisp acids inviting further sips. This is a delightful style at an excellent price/quality ratio. Drink with Japanese miso preparations, Hawaiian pizza or ginger-infused poultry. (80% Pinot Noir, 20% Chardonnay) Drink now-2019.

89/100 points

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Arturo Ciompi
Trained as a classical clarinetist and conductor, Arturo plied his trade for many years in New York, performing with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, New York City Opera, the American Symphony and countless chamber music groups. While living in Durham, Arturo became the wine manager at two iconic gourmet stores: Fowler’s in Durham and Southern Season in Chapel Hill. He had a wine spot on NPR in the ’90s and has been a continuously published wine journalist since 1997. He has won national awards for his work and is currently writing for Durham Magazine and its weekly blog, “Wine Wednesdays”. In addition, he loves teaching the clarinet. Read more on his website.