Cook’s – California Champagne – Madera, California, United States – 2017 – $9.99
Winemaker Review: A light-bodied, off-dry, juicy sparkling white wine with apple and pear, balanced by toasty yeast.
This is a classic “I need a cheap champagne to make mimosas” champagne… Can I even call it that? Anyway, this bottle has been sitting in my refrigerator since OU-TX weekend, so I figured I’d celebrate something. Usually when I drink Cook’s, it’s me chugging straight from the bottle at a Halloween party in 2015… So I can’t say I’m the biggest fan. Too many bubbles. But, here we go! Let’s see if my taste has changed since freshman year.
So, this wine is brut but still so sweet! How is that possible – I would prefer a REALLY dry sparking wine. But this wine is so smooth, surprisingly. The crispness at the beginning with the fine bubbles is complemented with a gentle soft finish. The crisp apple taste reminds me of a nice green apple cider. It is pleasantly tart and sweet at the same time. Overall, this is actually not too shabby. Good job, Cook’s.