2004 Roederer Estate "l'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut
*Wine of the Year, 2013* This is an exquisite sparkling wine made from 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, concocted into a special blend and aged for almost six years in oak cask. After disgorgement it was given another five months to sit in bottle before release. It has such freshness on the palate, such enviable acidity, that it’s hard to believe the grapes were picked so long ago. Crisp apple dominates, with just a trace of yeastiness on the nose and palate. This is a delicious wine.
Impeccably focused and elegant, with layers of complexity that open slowly. Floral aromas of red apple and lemon tart lead to vibrant and delicately opulent flavors of mineral, raspberry and fresh ginger. A hint of hazelnut chimes in on the finish. Drink now through 2015
From the winery's note: "L'Ermitage, Roederer Estate's special Tête de Cuvée, is a sparkling wine made only in exceptional years from pre-selected, estate-grown grapes. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the traditional French methode and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L'Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage. 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir - 4% aged reserve wine, vintage 2000."