I think the Korbel is great. I typically drink German mosel qualitatswein mit pradikat wines. I was very impressed with this product and especially that it has a much higher alcoholic content than the German mosels that I like so much.
Personally, I don't care what the champagne is. As long as it gets me drunk. And honestly, I did not buy this wine. I took it for my neighbors. Yes, it was wrong, but it's the job the done. That is, getting us drunk. Please don't judge me. Peace. -Crystal
It doesn't sound to me like Bob actually tasted the Korbel Natural - he give no tasting notes and simply says Korbel is low quality. The Natural to me is a very nice sparkling wine. It has less residual sugar than Brut (no dosage added - naturally dry). It is quite crisp and good quality for the money. Sure, true champagne is better, but not at this price. This will please most people.
A wonderful champagne for the money. Highly underrated. Korbel for some reason has fallen into being viewed as a "cheap" bottle of Champagne. It is and for those in the know, not bad and competes with Champagnes at 2 or 3x this price. Try it with Salmon or just for a change in pace!
Just tasted the Korbel Natural vs the Korbel Blanc de Noirs. The description by the "expert" seemed to describe the BdN. I was surprised and pleased by the long lasting bubbles, crispness, lovely nose and overall quality. Sells for about $15, so it competes with discounted Piper Sonoma, Gloria Ferrer, Domaine Mumm Napa and Domain Chandon.
Fresh, crystalline, and sharp, the first nose unveils an unusual dimension, an aquatic vegetal world with secret touches of white pepper and magnolia. On the palate, the attack bursts forth, and matures into a sensual fullness that winds around itself, like a tendril of foliage. This sparkling wine shows its pinot noir ancestry. Admittedly not a great champagne but truly an excellent California sparkling wine. Don't confuse this wine with the other Korbel sparklings which are not very good!
It's a California sparkling wine, Chris. It's not a Champagne. Korbel is cheap and fairly acrid and...well...dull. You're better off going to Spain or France. Korbel is nothing to get too excited about. It's the Ford Taurus of the bubbly aisle. Those who buy it think they're getting something "really nice" for the money.
I may be mis-spelling this, but try Gloria Ferrar's Sparkling Wine instead. It's mostly Pinot Noir, but tastes a lot like Chardonnay (I think it has a little of that grape too). Anyway, GF will cost you $2 or $3 more than Korbel, but it's probably a 90-91 vs. Korbel which I would rank at an 80-81.
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