Brazilian Brut

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR firm for the winery.

I always get excited when I get an email offering me an out of the ordinary wine to taste.  When I saw the email from the PR folks for Salton, I couldn’t pass up the chance to try more wines from Brazil.  I first encountered wine from Brazil in NYC at a Snooth tasting 2 years ago, where I got to enjoy them for breakfast.  That day, I actually picked a wine from Salton as one of my top wines of the tasting.  Tonight I tried another wine from the company, the Salton Intenso Brut.  The Salton Brut sports a traditional Champagne closure, clocks in at 12.5% alcohol by volume, and retails for around $15.Four takeaways from this wine:

1.) Sparkling wine at a steal. Stock up and serve it to your happy guests in the backyard all summer long.

2.) DC is a swamp, minus alligators. The Salton Brut made me momentarily forget the humidity and the mosquitoes with how refreshing I found it.

3.) I wish it were easier to find wines from Brazil in the US.  The ones I’ve tried have left me wanting more, but it doesn’t seem there’s much market saturation.

4.) The Salton Brut is a great every day sparkler for a reasonable price, something for which I am always keeping my out.

On the nose I found pears, almonds, wax, and herbs.  In the mouth I got pear, herbs, and apples. Overall I found it to finish with good acidity and crisp structure. The Salton had a spicy note the I really enjoyed.  The Chardonnay/Riesling blend is an interesting choice for a sparkling wine.

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