2007 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine

SKU #1224520 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 *#36 in Wine Enthusiast's "The Enthusiast 100 of 2015"* Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It’s one of California’s bluechip bubblies.  (12/2015)

93 points Wine Spectator

 *#60 on the Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2015* Impeccably refined and elegant, with floral aromas of fresh brioche, baked apple and roasted hazelnut. The flavors are layered and well-focused, showing notes of mineral, fresh ginger and subtle raspberry. Drink now through 2017.  (10/2015)

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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.

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Other White Wines

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United States

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California

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 12