And so we launch another “12 Days of Christmas Countdown” with sparkling wine and champagne. Today’s selection is the Wolfberger Crémant d’Alsace Brut Rosé, made by a cooperative founded in 1902 in the town of Eguisheim in Alsace. wolfberger_cremantrose.jpg

Made from 100 percent pinot noir grapes, this Brut Rosé offers scents of macerated peaches and strawberries with a hint of apple and a touch of fresh bread. The color is pale copper-melon enlivened with an upward stream of tiny bubbles. (It’s made in the “champagne method” of second fermentation in the bottle; that’s where the fizz comes from.) This sparkler is animated by crisp acidity, yet the texture is almost creamy, close to lush. Flavors run to strawberries and cherries with a subtle spicy element. The finish is quite dry and stony; something exotic unfolds there: A touch of pomegranate? Completely charming and delightful. Very Good+ and a bargain at about $22.

Imported by Kysela Pere et Fils, Winchester, Va.