2005 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut (Previously $40)

SKU #1165265 96 points Wine Enthusiast

 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.  (7/2015)

92 points 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.  (6/2015)

92 points Wine Spectator

 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.  (6/2015)

K&L Notes

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.

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United States

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California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.7