The D-2010 Scale
2007 Natural' by KORBEL (Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, CA)
Appearance (10 points possible): straw yellow with a hint of pink, nice small bubbles - 10 points
Aroma/Bouquet (20 points possible): Yeasty, floral, apple, slightly citrus, and bready. Nice light combination of fruit and yeast. - 18 points
Taste (10 points possible): Light acidity, very effervescent, crisp yeasty flavors in combination with a slightly floral and apple flavor. Finish is smooth, lingering, and pleasant. - 9 points
Balance (5 points possible): Quite perfect. Non-invasive acidity is balanced nicely with the small hint of sweetness in the finish and light floral notes. - 4 points
Finish (5 points possible): Very smooth, floral, and yeasty. A perfectly light sparkling wine finish. - 4 points
Add 50 points for attempt, packaging, closure, etc.
Total Points: 95
Overall Thought: Probably my favorite of the Korbel sparkling wines. It has this nice hint of yeasty complexity with a very light floral/apple/citrus flavor. I love it!
Food Pairings: Will go very well with seafood, including prawns/shrimp. Also a nice sparkling wine for light, fruity desserts. Perfect on a spring or summer day... or for that day when you are wishing it was spring!
Cost: About $12 to $20
Splurge Factor (out of 4): 1 - You can't find a better sparking wine that is a constant crowd pleaser at this price.
Where to buy: Available online: KORBEL. I do not believe you can buy Natural' in stores; I believe it is only available through the winery and website. But if you get a chance, try it! I'm sure you will find it enjoyable. Cheers!