2003 Roederer Estate l'Ermitage Anderson Valley Brut
*Editors' Choice and #17 on the Top 100 Wines of 2011* 2003 was a great vintage for Roederer Estate. This, their top vintage wine, is very great, and the price is an absolute steal for this world class sparkler. It's enormously rich in the strawberries from Pinot Noir and the limes from Chardonnay, while the toast and rich lees combine for a perfect champagne-style smokiness. And so smooth, it's like a kiss of silk. At the age of eight years, this wonderful wine is just getting started.
Wine & Spirits
This wine captures the cool tones of Anderson Valley fruit in a sophisticated sparkler, the marriage of pinot noir and chardonnay flavors transformed into lemon curd, white raspberry, bright apple and lasting spice. the tight balance keeps it fresh, while reserve wines add to its richness (the blend includes four percent of reserves from 1999). There’s nerve underneath the luscious texture, extending the sense of richness into finesse.
*Top 100 Wines of 2011* Elegant and sleek, yet complex, with cinnamon and green apple aromas that lead to rich flavors of pear and lemon custard layered with brioche and mineral. Drink now through 2015.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light, bright gold. Pungent aromas of pear skin, white flowers, beeswax and smoky lees. Dry and focused but showing very good depth to its spicy, ginger-accented orchard and citrus fruit flavors. Tight, linear and smoky on the impressively long finish, which leaves notes of lemon pith and ginger behind.