Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut
Wine & Spirits
(A Top 100 Best Buy of 2011) This estate-grown blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir gains added richness from oak-aged reserve wines. The reserves broaden the texture, contributing almond tones to the clean, fresh apple and pear flavors. A festive aperitf, this delivers far beyond its price.
*Editors' Choice* This blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir is one of the best sparkling wines you’ll find at this price. It’s stylishly dry and fancy, with yeasty lime, strawberry and vanilla flavors.
Sleek and impeccably focused and balanced, with floral apple, cinnamon and anise aromas and crisp yet supple lemon tart, cherry and spicy hazelnut flavors. Drink now through 2015.
*Good Value* Dollar for dollar, Roederer Estate ranks among California's best sparkling wines, and, if not an extravagant wine or one that competes with those that have had years and years en tirage, this one is a composed, keenly balanced and entirely classy effort. Its subtle yeasty complexities and its fine, wonderfully persistent mousse are uncommon at the price, and, while a complete and thoroughly enjoyable wine at the moment, it is one that should last and last in the cellar.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Light yellow. Pear, orange zest and smoky lees on the nose. Offers flavors of melon and fresh orchard fruits, with a honeyed nuance and a spicy overtone. Refreshingly dry and precise, with firm closing grip and lingering bitterness.
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. As the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. Roederer Estate's sparkling wines are produced using only Estate-grown grapes from the winery's own vineyards. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, special oak-aged reserve wines are added to each blend. San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Wines of 2012: "Few domestic sparkling wines are as consistently classy as Roederer's rose. To a Pinot-dominant blend, winemaker Arnaud Weyrich adds a touch of red wine and more importantly, a healthy dose of old reserve wines to add nuance. Precise aromas of mint leaf, sandalwood and huckleberry pie, plus green apple, fresh tangerine and bright mineral tones." Also awarded three stars by the New York Times: "Taut, energetic and pure with a caramel-tinged complexity that may come from older wines in the blend." (12/6/12)