The Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry is a non-vintage Sparkling wine sourced from Chardonnay grapes grown in several California grape growing AVA’s. Extra Dry is not actually dry, Brut means dry and Sec indicates sweet, Extra Dry is in the middle. The word “Champagne” is on the label (only Sparkling wine grown and produced in Champagne, France is allowed to be called Champagne), but Barefoot is not made with the Champagne Method, where the 2nd fermentation occurs in each individual bottle. This Bubbly is made in the Charmat Method, like Prosecco and Spumante, where the 2nd fermentation (that is where the bubbles are added) occur in large stainless steel vats. The alcohol content is 11.5%.
The color is extremely pale golden yellow, with loads of sudsy bubbles. The nose is peach and pear, pineapple juice and magnolia. The Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry is far less sweet than I expected, it starts with fresh fruit and citrus, peach, grapefruit, pear and lime. The mid palate brings in some tangerine and a jolt of acidity. Whatever sugary sweetness there is at the beginning dries out at the finish. The finish is light and the acidity drowns out whatever flavor is there.
The Barefoot Bubbly Extra Dry is a fun bottle of wine, inexpensive, tasty and very approachable. There is a bit too much acidity on the mid palate and finish, but not enough to stop you from pouring that second glass.