I’m currently in the midst of my two-week self-imposed alcohol sabbatical, which I do twice per year. These are my notes from last week’s trials and tastings.
Wine Review: Lakeville Brut Rose (Napa Valley, California)
I tried Lakeville for the first time last night. Always eager to broaden my horizons, I picked up a bottle for $9.99 at Trader Joes. Never heard of it before but it overcame by initial resistance. Normally, I’m not a fan of California “sparkling wines,” but there are some notable exceptions (Schramsberg) and I’d certainly like to discover more drinkables that are both unique and affordable.
Lakeville checks both boxes. Tasting notes:
“A 100 percent Pinot Noir sparkler, light pink in color, with pronounced aromas of summer berries. It’s balanced and mostly-dry, with a crisp finish that makes it a good fit anytime you want high-quality bubbly without a high-end price tag. It comes from one of Napa Valley’s premier producers of sparkling wine.”
I couldn’t find much else about this product, but since it’s carried by Trader Joe’s and promoted heavily in their monthly newsletter, I suspect this is one of their branded products from a very large producer. But I will edit that comment if someone knows more and points it out to me. I’ve had some very good experiences with these conglomerates (Blanc du Blanc from France is a steal and drinks like a Cremant for half the price) and I’d like to find more alternatives, especially of the Rose (Pinot) variety.
A solid find and enjoyable experience.
Grade (100 point scale): 90
Value: (10 point scale): 6
Recommended: Yes — as a daily drinker, but lacks pizazz for special occasions.