Thanksgiving 2021: Enjoy the Best of American Sparkling Rosés

There is nothing better than sparkling rosé to pair with the variety of dishes of the traditional Thanksgiving meal.  The 15 wines listed below are the best of the American and Canadian sparkling rosés that we tasted earlier this year. They made using the méthode champenoise, and most are blends of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  They are dry, crisp, and flavorful, making them ideal for pairing with turkey, brussel sprouts, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce and other dishes. Most will also pair beautifully with fruity dishes and are sublime with shrimp on the grill, a popular Thanksgiving appetizer.

Fortunately, excellent sparkling rosés are made throughout North America, including those from Benjamin Bridge in Nova Scotia. While most of the wines reviewed below come from California and Oregon, there are also excellent sparkling rosés from Michigan, New York, Virginia, and Nova Scotia.

Not all of these delicious sparklers are widely available, so if one strikes your fancy, we suggest contacting the producer to find out if they are sold locally.  If not, we recommend purchasing directly from the producer.  There’s still enough time to do that, and the autumn weather is perfect for safely shipping delicate wines.

If you’re interested in learning more about North American sparkling wines, please see our Report #40 Rosé Champagne and Sparkling Wine, Report #53 American Sparkling Wine, and Report #86 Rosés from Around the World. Suffice it to say that North American producers in   are making world class sparkling rosé these days.  We’ve visited most of the producers recommended here and tasted their wines many times; if you can’t find the specific vintage reviewed here, we have confidence that other vintages will be similar in quality.

The Wines

Balletto 2015 Brut Rosé of Pinot Noir Russian River Valley ($42) 93  Light gold-tinged pink. Showing a nose of rising bread dough with nuances of almonds and roasted grain, this serious, Champagne-style sparkling rosé offers an elegantly textured palate with a fine mousse and complex savory and fruity (red cherry and stone fruit) flavors.  Beautifully balanced, very dry, and an incredibly long, flavorful finish.  A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with five years on the lees in bottle. Dosage 3 g/L, 13.5% alc. Great value in a super-premium sparkling rosé! The winemaker is Anthony Beckman.

Domaine Carneros NV Cuvée de la Pompadour Brut Rosé Carneros ($44) 92 The Cuvée de la Pompadour is a crowd pleasing sparkler with its exuberant fruit and lively mousse. Freshly picked ripe strawberries show on the nose and are picked up again on the nicely weighted palate along with a hint of brioche. It’s crisp, clean and very well made. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with 18 months in bottle sur lie. Domaine Carneros 2015 Late Disgorged Brut Rosé Carneros ($60) 93  Light coppery salmon color. Showing a highly fragrant, open nose of strawberries, creme brulée and pastry crust, this is a substantial rich and round, flavor-packed sparkling rosé. It’s big and dense with hints of toasted brioche and buttered almond complementing the beautiful fresh fruit. It has enough weight to handle a variety of white meat dishes. 58% Pinot Noir, 42% Chardonnay with 5 years sur lie; RS 9g/L; 12% alc. Domaine Carneros 2015 Le Rêve Rosé Carneros ($140) 95  Light salmon color. Showing a lively, highly fragrant bouquet of strawberries, pastry cream, and just a hint of flint, this very special sparkling rosé screams finesse and elegance from beginning to finish. It’s round, seamless, and perfumed in the mouth with beautiful purity. And it’s not just fruit–there’s minerals and spice and and even smoky, nutty notes. Made of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay estate grown; RS 9 g/L; 12% alc. Claude Taittinger created this Domaine, and Eileen Crane made the sparkling wines that produced its lofty reputation as California’s best sparkling wine house. We’ve tasted these wines many times and did an in depth tasting at the estate while producing our Wines of Los Carneros report, but the 2015 Le Rêve Rosé is the best we’ve had.

Goldeneye 2017 Brut Rosé Anderson Valley ($65) 92 The 2017 Goldeneye Brut Rosé is a lot like the 2016 vintage that liked so much. It has an eye of the partridge color and lively fruit aromas complemented by spice and earthy secondary notes. The fruit tends towards strawberry and stone fruit. Shows its best with food. A blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, whole cluster pressed using only the free run juice; fermented and then aged for 8 months in French oak barrels followed by 24 months triage. From the 2017 vintage, disgorged summer of 2020.

King Family Vineyards 2018 Brut Rosé Virginia 91 The King Brut Rosé is a serious sparkler. Hued like pink coral and showing fresh and dried cherry and pomegranate notes on the nose, it offers very good balance on the palate, a vibrant mousse, and savory notes complementing fruit on the palate. Nice complexity in a Virginia sparkling rosé. Predominantly Chardonnay with a dosage of Petit Verdot.

La Crema NV Brut Rosé Russian River Valley ($45) 91 Rose tinted straw color. Showing a bright, fragrant nose and lively mouth feel, the Brut Rosé is a fruit driven sparkler with notes of creamy strawberry and hints of stone fruit and toast. Finishes with a hint of sweetness. A blend of 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Chardonnay whole cluster pressed with 24 months on the lees in bottle; RS 7 g/L Jen Walsh is the winemaker. 12.2% alc.

Lamoreaux Landing 2020 Dry Rosé Finger Lakes ($17) 90+ Pale pink. This Cabernet Franc based rosé reveals the leafy/herbal character of the grape complemented by dense pomegranate and raspberry on the palate. The wine is bright and fruity with an herbal edge and low alcohol, too. Finishes long and flavorful with a lingering sweet fruit note that we don’t recall from last year’s wine. from Cabernet Franc grown on Lamoreaux Landing’s estate vineyards overlooking Seneca Lake. RS 9.3 g/L; 12% Alc Would pair well with spicy cuisine.

Mawby NV Grace Brut Rosé Leelanau Peninsula ($25) 91 The Grace Brut Rosé is a very appealing, well made sparkler made from grapes grown in Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula. It offers a crisp, clean nose and fresh attack of light but bright red cherry fruit that persists on the palate along with complicating herbal notes that lend interest. Very good and surprisingly inexpensive. 79% Pinot Noir, 19% Chardonnay, 2% Regent aged a minimum of 14 months en triage; RS 12 g/L, 11% alc.

Notre Vue 2019 Sparkling Rosé of GSM Chalk Hill ($29) 90  Orange salmon. Shows fresh ripe strawberry and blood orange on the nose, and the flavors mirror the aromas.  This is a fruit driven sparkler but fresh and dry.  It’s fun to drink by itself, but it would also make the perfect base for mimosas or any other drink that calls for fresh fruit and sparkling wine. 32% Grenache, 52% Syrah, 16% Mourvèdre from the estate vineyard in the Chalk Hill AVA cofermented in stainless steel; 8 months en tirage.  3.5 g/L RS, 13.1% alc. 180 cases produced.

Roederer Estate NV Brut Rosé Anderson Valley ($35) 93 With an incisive scent of red berries on the nose, this always reliable sparkling rosé also shows a creamy, balanced palate with hints of red cherry and toast. Finishes dry and crisp. A 56/44 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the first pressing only with 12 g/L RS and a 4.5% red wine addition. Aged at least two years on the lees. Oak-aged reserve wines make up 10-20% of the blend. RS 11 g/L 12.5% alc. Disgorged October 2020.

Schramsberg 2017 Brut Rosé Méthode Traditionnelle North Coast ($47) 92 Light coppery salmon. This Brut Rosé is bright and fresh with mineral-edged red fruit on the nose. The palate is lively and superbly balanced with notes of strawberry cream, crème brulee, and toasty brioche. It has a wonderful presence. 72% Pinot Noir, 28% Chardonnay, 24% fermented in barrel; 24 months sur lie in bottle. RS 9 g/L 12.6% alc. Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies are the winemakers.

Sea Smoke 2015 Sea Spray Blanc de Noirs Sta. Rita Hills ($80) 94 Medium straw color. Showing a multifaceted bouquet of bread dough, yellow cherry, and lemon oil, this beautiful, refined Brut Rosé is very clean on the attack with a mineral led palate of buttered almonds, dried apple, and toasty oak. This is one of California’s most elegant sparkling rosés. 100% Pinot Noir certified biodynamic, hand harvested in early August 2014, gently pressed, fermented beginning in stainless steel and finishing in neutral French oak barrels followed by 12 months aging sur lie in barrel. 36 months en triage before disgorging and finished with no dosage. 12.5% alc

Soter Vineyards 2017 Mineral Springs Brut Rosé Yamhill-Carlton, Willamette Valley ($65) 93 Copper tinged dark pink. The Mineral Springs Brut Rosé is a first class sparkling rosé. It’s complex with excellent freshness and focus and a creamy texture. The bouquet reveals nuances of dried red berries and brioche, while the palate is texturally rich with good mid-palate depth and complex flavors of fruit with subtle secondary notes. A blend of certified biodynamic 84% Pinot Noir and 16% Chardonnay fermented in 33% neutral barrels and 67% stainless steel and aged 8 months prior to the secondary fermentation. Disgorged April 2021. 12.8% alc.

Sparkling Pointe Vineyards 2015 Séduction Blanc de Noirs Long Island NY ($75) 92 Pale peach/white peach color with hints of stone fruit and saline minerals showing on the nose. Coming from Long Island, this is one of America’s better Blanc de Noirs with nice complexity and finesse. The white peach theme continues on a full, suave palate with additional notes of fresh bread dough and chalky minerals. The finish is clean and crisp. Well done! 64% Pinot Noir, 36% Pinot Meunier; 42 months sur lie, disgorged Nov 2019, RS 6 g/L, 12.5% alc.

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