Good Booze – TJ’s Classy Bubbly
Great price for a North Coast sparkler that is Méthode Champenoise. That means made the expensive, traditional French way. R&R is a well known sparkling maker that uses quality grapes and methods. Tastes good, has great little bubbles and is not so dry it scares people off. Very popular style, great price. Classy indeed for TJ’s. Unless you prefer bone-dry French Brut, you will like this one.
Staff Review – The Facts
Trader Joe’s Reserve Brut
Price Paid – $9.99
Date Reviewed – 12/10/17
Where Purchased – Trader Joe’s SF Bay Area
Varietal or Type – Sparkling wine – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier
Vintage Year – N/V
Appellation – North Coast California
Winery/Brand – Rack and Riddle
Bottle Size – 750 ML
Alcohol – 12.5%
Cork? – Natural
Pour it and taste – Slight amber color from the Pinot Noir content. Mild yeast on the nose. Mid dry, apple and lemon flavors. Mild crispness. Very smooth.
5 Minutes Later – Small bubbles persist nicely. Nice, easy, creamy lemon on the finish.
Go to the Flute – Pour and Taste: Nice small bubbles. Apple and creamy lemon flavors. Plus 5: Small, streaming bubbles. Pleasant apple and creamy lemon. Medium Dry and slightly crisp.
Overall – Well made wine. Someplace between Medium dry and California Brut on the dry scale. Nice bubbles. Best served in a modern flute that has some shape to it to enjoy the most flavors.
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