Note: This is a series I call Caveman Wine Reviews, because I like to drink wine but am a caveman when it comes to wine knowledge. I know only the basics, and do not have a refined palate. I’ll review the wines on price and what they look, smell, and taste like to me.
Wine: Piper Sonoma Brut
Bottom Line: A very likeable, mild-flavored, refreshing, and pretty sweet sparkling wine. Good for serving at a party.
Price: About $13.99 per 750ml bottle.
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I got this recently as part of a big replenishing at my local Total Wine. Inspired by doing these reviews, I decided to buy a whole bunch of relatively cheap sparkling wines, especially those whose descriptions said were sweet (since I prefer sweeter wines).
Origin: The Golden State (California)
Looks: A somewhat standard-looking dark-greenish bottle with a gold label. I actually liked the “goldness” of it, for some reason it reminded me of Goldfinger. The wine itself is a very pale gold color.
Smell: Mildly dry and sour smell, but nothing out of the ordinary for a sparkling wine.
Taste: I really got into this wine. I found it quite sweet, and only slightly dry. It was very gaseous, but fruity, refreshing, and easy to drink. Like most wines, it left a mild alcoholic burn in my throat.
Overall, it was mild-flavored and pleasant, with an almost imperceptible hint of pear. You can drink it generously without any sort of discomfort.
Hangover Factor: Nothing unusual. I’m a male in reasonably good health born in 1983.
This was a very nice, sweet sparkling wine. Seems like a good one to buy a lot of and serve at a party, since it’s not so cheap as to make you look stingy, but also not so expensive as to break the bank.
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