Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine (375ml)
*Editors' Choice* 0 The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge. (JG)
Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas leading to rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger. (TF)
*One Star* As always a very bright and vital wine and, in this case, one that emphasizes freshness more than yeasty complexity, the latest Roederer Brut steers to citrusy fruit with hints of flowers and proofing bread dough just off to the side. It is, as usual, on the firm side in balance yet avoids any acidy stiffness, and, while arguably not as deep as the best of its earlier incarnations, it is a well-made sparkling wine that will find a useful place at the table.