I had a long, long trip yesterday, not that I’m complaining. I woke up at 5:07 am in a cliffside suite at the amazing Oil Nut Bay in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands, then hopped a ferry to Tortola, where a twin-engine Cessna buzzed me over to San Juan to meet my JetBlue flight back to JFK. There I decided I had more time than money and took the AirTrain to the subway to Brooklyn. I was at once exhausted and exhilarated, and decided to grab my wife and toast the end of a sublime adventure with a sublime sparkling wine, the newly-released Mumm Napa Supernatural Rosé. It’s the latest collaboration that the California winemakers have with legendary guitarist Carlos Santana, and it’s about the best welcome-back drink I can imagine, a complex, refreshing, moderately sweet sparkling wine that may or may not have some ghosts in it.
Supernatural is a refined pour, with notes of plum, pear, and dark berries. It’s sweet but not so sweet that it becomes cloying when your glass becomes warm. And, while being connected to a rock/blues guitarist doesn’t necessarily make it taste any better, the supernatural packaging, metal pendant and all, gives it a bit of an edge among established bottles. But this is no mere vanity project, it’s a proper tête de cuvée (top bottling) with a 50/50 blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes from the 2006 vintage. At $65 a bottle it punches well above its weight, with the nuance and tiny bubbles of much pricier vintages.
Pop the cork, put on some funky blues tunes, and sip your bubbly the supernatural way.