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Top 20 Sparkling Wines of 2015

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Trapiche Extra Brut Sparkling 2014, Mendoza, Argentina: Extraordinary value for the price point. Smokin! Robust and full-bodied and toasty. Deeply satifying. Perfect for your holiday parties. Drink: 2014-2016. 262261 12% XD 750 mL  $11.95 Score: 88/100. December 3, 2015 Best Value Sparkling Wine. Terrific Turkey Wine Full Review
Benjamin Bridge Brut 2008, Nova Scotia, Canada: The 2008 vintage of the Benjamin Bridge Brut is the best I've tasted yet from this winery, which is among Canada's best producers of sparkling wine. You're drinking the stars here. This bubbly is made using the traditional method of the second fermentation in the bottle, just as they do in the Champagne region of France. They also use two of the grapes, Pinot Noir (10%) and Chardonnay (8%), used in France in their blend, together with L'Acadie (42%) and Seyval (40%) to give a decidedly (and deliciously) Nova Scotia signature to the cuvee. All grapes are estate grown and hand-harvested in October 2008 at 17.9 brix and bottled in June 2009 after spending 5 years on the lees to add richness, creaminess and depth. The 2008 vintage had the ideal conditions of sustained cool weather moderated by the Bay of Fundy which allowed for slow and complex ripening of the grapes. Lovely aromas of lime citrus, fresh mint, and lemon brightness on the nose and palate with great replays of flavour. A long, toasty finish leaves you at the shoreline of this Atlantic bubbly longing for more. This wine dances in the glass like sunlight on the ocean, with just as much refreshing sea spray on the palate and senses. Pair with Atlantic lobster in melted butter and dockside daydreams. Drink: 2014-2019. 381533 11.50% XD 750 mL  $45.00 Score: 93/100. February 1, 2015 Top Rated Sparkling Wine. Sensational Shellfish Wine Full Review

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