2005 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut (Previously $40)
This impressive bubbly has apple, caramel and toffee aromas, melt-in-themouth Bosc pear and spice rack flavors, a rich but firm texture, and long finish. It possesses amazing liveliness, body and depth, and seems to reveal more nuances and freshness with each sip. While terrific to drink now, it can be cellared through at least 2020. Editors’ Choice.
Wine & Spirits
Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich composed this racy vintage of Roederer Estate’s tête de cuvée from a near-even blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, along with some oak-aged reserve wine from the 2003 vintage. It tightens from a ripe, sunny, apple skin aroma toward a lime-green streak of acidity, scents of kelp and autumn leaves bringing savory dimension to its focused structure. It’s clean and bright enough for shellfish right now, but should be more delicate and versatile with another year or two in bottle.
A lovely combination of rich opulence and crisp, refined fruit. Aromas of sweet apple, brioche, fresh ginger and stony mineral lead to layered flavors of lemon, cinnamon and subtle caramel. Drink now through 2016.
Old and older, the 2005 L'Ermitage is a cuvee of 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir plus 4% reserve wine from the 2003 vintage. Yet this is the current release of Roederer Estate's special Tête de Cuvée, which is made only in exceptional vintages from estate-grown grapes in the remote Anderson Valley of California. In the tradition of its parent Champagne producer Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate makes sparkling wine in the methode traditionelle and adds oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. It certainly benefited from the extra years of elevage, mellowing on the lees and softening this 2.98 pH wine. A revelation in what California's sparkling wine can be.