Cono Sur Sparkling Wine, Brut, Chile

Though we’re nearing the end of the month, we’ve still got a few days where we can fit in a bubbles or two, to go along with our ‘July – The Time For Bubbles’ theme.  So, today, we’re covering a sparkling from Chile, Cono Sur Sparkling Wine Brut, which is a compilation of the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes.

Like most sparklings, the first thing I look for, or the child in me looks for, is the chance to delight at the bubbles dancing in my glass, against a golden background.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t entertained with Cono Sur’s sparkling.  It was light on the bubbles (the first sign that this tasting was going to end badly; a good sparkling can often be recognized upon first pour and seeing the behaviour of the bubbles in your glass) and pale straw in complexion.  This sparkling’s aroma, however, made up for what I missed on sight as it gave off scents of honey, raspberry and citrus fruit. Sounds refreshing doesn’t it.  On the palate, I sensed mineral, spice and the feeling that a touch more fermentation may have helped,  this coupled with a medium to long finish.

Though this sparkling improved as it had a chance to open up, it’s not one that I would add on my list of ‘repeat buys’.  In the world of sparklings, today, there are much more, affordably priced choices that are worth checking out.

This sparkling retails at the LCBO for $13.95.

Our score: 2/5