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.