Mumm Napa Reserve Brut, Napa Valley Sparkling Wine ($25)


December 21, 2005|By MICHAEL DRESSER

Mumm's Napa Valley operation is one of the more successful spinoffs of a French Champagne house, and in this wine it demonstrates an uncanny ability to mimic the character of Champagne using Napa Valley fruit. This wine is yeasty, elegant, cutting and complex - at a more-than-competitive cost, given its high quality. It pops with flavors of nuts, pears, bread and vanilla, and the texture is creamy until it reaches an appropriately crisp finish.

Serve with --caviar, smoked salmon, shellfish

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