2016 Sterling Blanc de Blancs

Scents are a combination of flowers and fruit, evoking fresh, breezy fields. On the palate, some apricot emerges. In this young wine, sparkling’s traditional toast and yeast take a backseat to the other flavors and aromas. There’s even a hint of sweet fruit in the finish. And the bottle design is definitely a positive feature, too.

Recommended — BSE

WHO: Sterling Vineyards

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Napa Valley, California

HOW MUCH: $24 (media sample)