Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut

SKU #480028 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character.  (12/ 2013)

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 spice, tangy lees and a briny seashell character. A festive coastal sparkler to pour with Dungeness crab.  (6/ 2014)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Floral raspberry and apple pie aromas lead to crisp, focused lemon, anise and spicy raspberry flavors that finish on a fresh mineral note. Drink now. 80,000 cases made.  (9/ 2014)

K&L Notes

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)

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/28/2009  | Send Email
This has a vibrant spiced pear and melon character. It sees little to no malolactic fermentation, giving it a racing stripe of acidity that keeps the wine focused. We also have this beauty, which was awarded 90 points by Wine & Spirits Magazine, in magnum .

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United States

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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.