Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Rosé
*Editors' Choice* Great price for a sparkling wine this refined, and the fact that it's a rosé makes it an even better deal. It's rich in strawberry, orange and lime flavors, with that savory yeastiness that marks the best bubblies. The blend is Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Crisp but supple, with floral citrus and peach aromas and layered dried cherry, almond and mineral flavors that finish with bold acidity. Drink now through 2015. (Web Only- 2012)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale orange. Orange zest and rhubarb on the spice-accented nose. Dry and chewy, with good clarity to its bitter red fruit and citrus pith flavors. A restrained, focused bubbly that finishes with sold grip and a touch of dried rose.
Wine & Spirits
Arnaud Weyrich macerates pinot noir on the skins, then adds a small amount to give this wine its light pink hue; the scents of rose and firm presence of tannin also come from pinot noir - 60 percent of the blend, with the balance chardonnay. A rosé that's substantial enough to serve with roast duck.
One of the San Francisco Chronicle's Top 100 Wines of 2011: "Roederer's rosé in particular remains a standout, a sign of winemaker Arnaud Weyrich's talents. Subtle notes of rose, copper and peach, with a warm vanilla-bean accent and cool berry ice flavors." As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate-grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate's reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. The Roederer Estate Brut Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and fine persistent bubbles. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity, which balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.