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90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "Once again taking its place as one of our favorite non-vintaged Bruts, Roederer stands out for its refinement and customary vitality. It marries a bit of citrus and green-apple fruit with incisive, not-too-strident yeast and finds subtle complexities in the form of background minerality. It is fairly tight and very much geared to crispness with a lengthy and wonderfully refreshing finish, and its balance suggests that will hold up nicely for years." (11/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "**Best Buy** This is both fresh and substantial, striking a delicious balance between apple-skin s ...Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Even better is the non-vintage Mirabelle Brut Rose, which is 55% Chardonnay and 45% Pinot Noir sourced from the same areas, although here more comes from Marin and Mendocino than Napa, while Sonoma is also included in the mix. This dry rose has a lovely light salmon color, a big, sweet kiss of strawberries, and touches of raspberries and currants. The wine is medium-bodied and very frothy, with well-defined bubbles, and good intensity, dryness and finish. A beauty as well as a terrific value, it should be drunk over the next 1-2 years." (8/2013) Wine Enthusiast: "A pink-tin ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Crisp and lively, with green apple, cream and fennel aromas and vibrant tropical fruit. The lemon and spice flavors finish on a clean mineral note." (11/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "J's new Cuvée 20 is an inviting, very-easy-to-sip bubbly, the star player in which is lively, lightly candied, lemon-like fruit, yet there is a nice trim of subtle yeastiness at work as well, and the wine is clear about its champenized origins. It is fresh, clean tasting and frothy, and, while it finishes with plenty of bright, palate-cleansing acidity, it is never so tart or austere that it cannot a ...Read More »
97 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Cellar Selection* All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that encourages a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 or longer." (12/2014)93 points Wine Spectator: "This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its compl ...Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This lovely Mendocino sparkler, crafted from two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir, has lilting apple and honey aromas buoyed by a thick head of mousse. There is a pleasing follow-through from aroma to flavor and a core of ripe apple. Dry, soft with a long finish, this is a hard-to-resist food-friendly wine ready to pair widely." (12/2013)90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Good Value* Long on autolyzed richness with a very keen sense of vigorous young fruit in the nose and following with long, impressively layered flavors of citrus, minerals and rich yeast, this exceptionally we ...Read More »
Schramsberg's Blanc de Blancs was America's first commercially produced, Chardonnay-based Brut sparkling wine, which gained international recognition when it was served at President Nixon's historic "Toast to Peace" in Beijing, China, in 1972. Schramsberg sparkling wines are still aged in Jacob Schram's hand-chiseled and black, diaphanous lichen-lined caves in the hills above Calistoga, and are riddled by hand. These are incredible wines, on par with French Champagne, and a value by comparison. The Blanc de Blancs is 100% Chardonnay, made in a dry and cr... Read More »
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "This is a mouthfilling, plush-textured, copper colored bubbly with hints of cherry and raspberry in the ripe flavors, firm acidity to balance them and tiny bubbles to keep it all lively. Made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, it finishes with a slightly sweet sensation." (12/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "Floral aromas of raspberry and white chocolate open to crisp, festive flavors of graham cracker, spice and red apple." (11/2014) Wine & Spirits: "This captures the frank, delicious energy of Anderson Valley pinot noir (60 percent of the blend) in tones of red raspberry, orange peel and cherry ...Read More »
From Wine Enthusiast on the last vintage: "(#10 on their top 100 of 2014) Pinkish-gold in color, this lovely cuvée is a blend of 74% Pinot Noir and 26% Chardonnay, the winery’s take on a Blanc de Noirs. Fruity in peach, raspberry and blood orange, it is multi-faceted and complex, dry and elegant with a long finish that leans herbal, the acidity dialed perfectly right, gentle on the palate and memorable." (12/2014)
From the winery: "Founded by the noble family behind Champagne Taittinger, Claude Taittinger's search for a worthy U.S. counterpart began in the late 1970s. In 1987 he selected a 138-acre parcel in the heart of Carneros, Napa Valley. Wisely selecting Eileen Crane to oversee the development of the winery and vineyards, the team created the quintessential California expression of the Taittinger style in Carneros."
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Smart Buys* Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013) Connoisseurs Guide: "Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts of the year, Roederer's latest is yet again a sleek and spirited wine of great freshness and verve. It hews to the crispness and pert delicacy that we associate with fine Blanc de Blancs, but it musters a full measure of yeasty richness even while maintaining its lively step, and it is one of the few of its type that is ...Read More »
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light peach skin color, with a slow bead. Musky orange peel and herb aromas, with a hint of white chocolate. Fleshy, weighty and smooth in texture, offering ripe citrus and pit fruit flavors and a touch of green cardamom. Slightly loose-knit but packs a punch, finishing with an echo of candied orange and lingering sweetness." (5/2012) Wine Enthusiast: "A rounded texture, layered flavors of raspberry and baking spices and an almost sweet finish make this rosé very tempting. It strikes a good balance between acidity, fruit flavor and effervescence. Made from 57% Pinot Noir an ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (9/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
90 points Connoisseurs Guide: "**Good Value** It may be that its fairly high percentage of Pinot Noir affords this impressive non-vintage Brut with a sense of substance and depth not usually found at the price, or it may be the wine's ample autolyzed richness does the same. Either way, the wine is long on character, all of which is quite good. It has a fine, creamy feel, and an insistent stream of small bubbles with lengthy flavors to match, and it is made all the more attractive yet by its reasonably modest price." (11/2014)90 points Wine Spectator: "A festive sparkler, featuring bright aromas of raspberry and ...Read More »
Wine Enthusiast: "The film director’s sparkling ode to his director daughter delivers aromas of apple blossoms, pear cider and chalk. An apparent sweetness on the palate is cut with a pithy grip, the apple-juice base leveled with ample lime elements." (5/2015)
90 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors' Choice - Advance Buying Guide*" (11/2013)90 points Wine Spectator: "Fun and festive, with floral raspberry and graham cracker aromas leading to crisp and succulent lemon and strawberry flavors. A reliable value in California bubbly. (Web Only- 2012)"89 points Connoisseurs Guide: "*Good Value* There is a definite spot of cherry-like fruit sitting at the center of this one, but it is framed by plenty of creamy, well-autolyzed yeast, and the wine is far from being simply fruity. It is both delicate and fairly rich at one and the same time, and its combination of complexity and fine balance earns it a place ...Read More »
91 points Wine Spectator: "*Wine Spectator Top 100, Smart Buys* Packs in a lot of complexity, with aromas of apple, fresh ginger and rubber that lead to crisp and layered flavors of raspberry and spice." (11/2014) Wine Enthusiast: "Mostly Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, this blend includes smaller percentages of Pinot Meunier and Pinot Gris as well. Light golden in color, it’s a zingy, long-lingering taste of citrus and berry that’s creamy on the palate with a floral nose." (12/2014)
Inventory: Main Warehouse
Heidrun is a meadery in Point Reyes Station that specializes in dry and crisp sparkling meads produced from single-varietal flower honeys. All of their meads are produced in a Champagne method--complete with riddling, disgorgement, and secondary fermentation--and are serious, Champagne-inspired sparklers with delicious honey flavors. The Hawaiian Lehua Blossom is a gorgeous mead with a peach and white flower nose and crisp apple and pear flavors. Very dry, very delicious, and with a very long finish.
From Winemakers Sean Thompson and Hugh Davies: “The 2012 Brut Rosé has generous aromas of mixed red berries, orange blossom, and white peach. Its fruitful nose is complemented by notes of shortcake and cream. The palate bursts with flavors of raspberry sorbet, lemon custard, and summer apricot. The wine has a fresh and juicy acidity which drives to a supple, round finish.” 76% Pinot Noir, 24% Chardonnay
91 points Wine Spectator: "Supple and richly styled, with aromas of tart apple and spiced hazelnut, followed by Meyer lemon, brioche and zesty cinnamon notes. Drink now. 3,555 cases made." (6/2015)
Sparkling wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands? Yes! This small, family-run winery was established in 2006, and this is their current release rosé. The sparkling wine team is run by Michel Salgues, former head winemaker for Roederer Estate. A 60/40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Inventory: San Francisco
91 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers." (2/2013)90 points Wine & Spirits: "Roederer Estate’s Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year’s cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It’s clean and dry with a long, delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab." (12/2014) Connoisseurs Guide: "*One Star* Taking its usual place among the better basic Bruts ...Read More »
Sparkling wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands? Yes! This small, family-run winery was established in 2006, and this is their current release brut.The sparkling wine team is run by Michel Salgues, former head winemaker for Roederer Esate. A 60/40 blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Inventory: San Francisco
Inventory: Redwood City