2016 Holiday Wine Gift Guide III – Sparkling and Desserts
El Carajo’s Holiday Wine Gift Guide III – Sparkling and Desserts
If you really don’t know what to get for your special someone, two things come to mind: bubbles and sweets! My favorite bubbles are Champagne. Champagne comes in a few styles and quality levels. I’m personally a brut style lover with their crisp clean, dry, and brioche-y notes. Many people prefer rosés with their notes of strawberry, cherries, and their lovely color. But, for those very special people you can opt for a Tête de Cuvée. These special wines are made with the most care and absolute best selections of grapes.
Brut Champagne Tasting Notes
Taittinger Brut la Francaise NV – Notes of apricot, apple, and lemon with a touch of brioche. This medium bodied champagne is clean, easy drinking, and a good value.
– 93pts William Wong –
Bollinger Special Cuvée NV – Incredible bubbles, brioche, with undertones of apricot, vanilla and almonds. This Champagne is on the heavier side and is always a benchmark.
– 94pts William Wong –
Rosé Champagne Tasting Notes
Schramsberg Brut Rosé ’13 – Though not actual Champagne, Schramsberg is as close as you get outside of France. Clean with notes of strawberries, vanilla, and incredible minerality.
– 91pts Connoisseurs’ Guide –
Piper Heidsieck Rosé Sauvage NV – The most concentrated and deep rosé from Champagne. Loads of cherry and raspberry with tones of brioche and toasted almond.
– 93pts Tasting Panel –
Laurent-Perrier Brut Rosé NV – A benchmark rosé Champagne. Light and elegant with notes of strawberry and hints of cherry.
– 96pts Connoisseurs’ Guide –
Tête de Cuvée Tasting Notes
Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs ’05 – Incredibly refined and creamy with great but not overbearing freshness. These bottles may finish so fast that you’ll need a spare.
– 97pts Decanter –
Krug Grande Cuvée – Krug only makes Tête de Cuvée. Often described as the best Champagne produced, you need only take in its’ complex bouquet and rich body to agree.
– 97pts William Wong –
Dessert Wines Tasting Notes
Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos ’09 – Dried apricot, candied citrus, and honey. The wine is rich with some fresh acid. The nose is concentrated fruit with notes of white flowers.
– Awarded Gold International Wine Competition –
Ch Coutet Sauternes ’09 – Incredibly rich without being cloying. Incredible notes of pineapple, oranges, apricots and nectarines. The wine opens with honey, white flowers, and solid minerality.
– 95pts Gilbert & Gaillard –
Toro Albala Don PX ’86 – A truly special dessert wine. Looks like syrup but tastes like raisins, candied oranges, figs, and coffee.
– 92pts Wine Advocate –
Check out all these wines and more at El Carajo. If none of these fit your bill, please just ask a member of our crew for assistance picking out the perfect gift.