By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/7/2015 | Send Email
In the world of Domestic Sparkling Wine there are a few houses that really stand out and then there is Roederer Estate. Yearly they produce some of the best, and most affordable bubbles, from their estate in Anderson Valley. The decades of experience that they have accumulated in Champagne are in full view with attention to detail and quality rivaled by few in the United States. Their top wine, made in only truly special vintages, is the L’Ermitage Brut and it is always one of my personal favorite wines.
From 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir and disgorged with 4% Reserve wine from 2004 and 2005 this sparkling wine is blended by a team of winemakers from both Louis Roederer and Roederer Estate with over a century of experience. With fresh aromas of pear galette, warm brioche, green apple skin and Maitake mushrooms this is about as close to California will ever get to replicating Champagne. Fine and precise on entry this wine unfurls on the palate and becomes broader and broader as it sits on the palate. Dry but never sharp, firm but not strict this feels delectable and a bit guilty in its opulence. Flavors of wet stone, Fuji apple, parsnip, buttered brioche and pastry dough come together effortlessly to produce one of the best bottles of sparkling wine you can find for $40.