Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut
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.
Wine & Spirits
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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)