Ahh, not a drop spilled (note the “bottoms up” theme in the photo). Good thing, because this Westport Rivers 2002 Brut Cuvee RJR is not a sparkler to be wasted (what kind of plonk is it that get sprayed all over those victorious locker rooms?). I get hints of apple in this nice dry sparkler. It’s well balanced, with a nice clean taste. This sparkler blends 63% Estate Grown Pinot Noir & 37% Estate Grown Chardonnay.
Culinary Fool asked that we choose one of three categories for what we taste, but I’m going to break the rules a little and combine two of the categories suggested—let’s call this Westport Rivers bottle a Special Party sparkler. This is reasonably priced at just under $20. It certainly would work quite nicely for a special occasion on a modest budget. At this price, you could pick up a few bottles to impress at a party, too, without breaking the bank.