This is the third (and final) sparkling wine on the countdown so far, coming out ahead of Italian Prosecco's Bellissima and Tiamo.
Believe it or not, this is a $14 wine that made it onto the Wine Spectator's 2016 Top 100 Wines List.
Korbel Champagne Cellars recently changed from offering this wine as a nonvintage sparkler to a vintage sparkler beginning in 2016 and has nearly tripled case production since the brand was launched in 2009. In 2010, case production was 12,000; today it's 34,000. The organically grown wine is made in the winery's certified organic winery in Guerneville, its historic headquarters.
(Overall case production at Korbel is 1.5 million.)
Like many of the most popularly priced sparkling wines on the list (Bellissima and Tiamo - Prosecco's from the glera grape), Korbel's Brut comes from grapes not usually associated with Champagne - in this case, French Colombard (a heavy bearing Central Valley staple) and Sangiovese with some Chardonnay in the blend. (Champagne from Champagne is made from Chardonnay and/or Pinot Noir.) But unlike those, this wine is made via the traditional method. (The Prosecco's are not).
The Korbel took Best of Class in the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for this wine, its one and only organically grown product.
Hear what PRESS Napa Valley Somm Amanda McCrossin has to say about it in a recent video on her SommVivant channel: