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- Sparkling wine
- Written by Fred Swan
- Wednesday, 23 October 2013 20:06
Mumm Napa has been making sparkling wines in concert with Carlos Santana for several years now. 100% of Santana’s proceeds from the sales go to agencies helping to prevent and/or remedy youth substance abuse. One of the non-profits involved is his own Milagro Foundation which has given more than $5 million to benefit youth’s around the world since it’s founding in 1998.
The first wine he worked on with Mumm—Santana consults on the dosage—was the NV Santana Brut ($50), now an annual release. In May of this year, the 2006 Santana Supernatural Rosé was added. The good news, from a charitable standpoint, is that the wine has sold out. The bad news for you is that the wine has sold out. I say this because I just opened a bottle and it’s delicious.
2006 Santana Supernatural Rosé by Mumm Napa is striking to look at with hundreds of tiny bubbles flying up through the pastel pink wine. Fresh, incisive notes of strawberry, raspberry and green apple on the nose are softened by toasted brioche and peach skin. The palate is clean and gently crisp with flavores of strawberry, raspberry, tangerine pith and green apple. The tangerine and apple aspects last throughout the lengthy, dry finish. This is a versatile sparkler, crisp enough for an aperitif and sufficiently flavorful to accompany a meal but also just soft enough to enjoy on it’s own. Drink now through 2016. Highly Recommended
If you didn’t manage to get a bottle for yourself there are other bubbles you can drink for the cause. This year’s release of Santana Brut is still available as is a brand new wine, the 2007 Santana Supernatural Brut ($60). The wines are available directly from Mumm Napa, in person and online.
2006 Santana Supernatural Rosé by Mumm Napa
Rating: Highly Recommended
Drink: now through 2016
Release Date: May, 2013
Retail Price: $65.00
Winemaker: Ludovic Dervin
Blend: 50% Pinot Noir, 50% Chardonnay
Origin: Napa Valley
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The review above reflects my personal experience with the product. It is not a paid ad, nor do I accept ads or compensation for reviews from wine producers. Reviews may cover products that I have purchased, received as samples, or tried under other circumstances I consider to be good tasting conditions. Receiving a product as a sample does not obligate me to review it positively (or at all) and I do not consider samples to be compensation or “free wine.” I have purchased plenty of wine over the years and have more of that than I can drink. Samples are opened for review purposes, not added to my personal cellar or taken to restaurants.
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