2011 Roederer Estate "L'Ermitage" Anderson Valley Brut Sparkling Wine (Previously $45)

SKU #1332389 95 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dry and nicely mature, this complex wine is always among California’s best bubblies. It combines great balance, tiny bubbles and some very interesting flavors that make it as appealing as a well-cellared white Burgundy at its peak. Hints of toast, butter and almond fill the aroma, and lemon, crisp apple and baking spices fill the palate. It has lively acidity that’s softened by a good sense of body. *Editors’ Choice* (JG)  (3/2018)

93 points Wine Spectator

 Opulent and lush, but elegantly complex, with vivid fresh ginger, cinnamon roll and red berry aromas opening to rich, seamless apple and almond flavors that unfurl on the long finish. (TF)  (5/2018)

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Staff Image By: Stephanie Vidales | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2018 | Send Email
Roederer is one of the best when it comes to California sparkling wines. Their Anderson Valley estate sparking is fantastic, but the L'Ermitage is even a step up from that. This wine is only made in certain vintages that are decidedly great with added reserve wine, 2006 and 2007 in this particular bottling. It has fine bubbles and flavors of hazelnut, citrus and toast. Delicious!

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/11/2018 | Send Email
Before I became the Domestic Buyer in the Hollywood store, I was the Champagne liaison and everyone who knew me back them will tell you how obsessed I was (and still am) with it. And even though I like to think that I never did, I'm sure I probably made statements here and there about how all other sparkling wines made throughout the world are inferior to Champagne. But every know and then I have a bottle of bubbles that knocks my socks off and makes me eat my own words. I've always been a huge fan of Roederer Estate, even saying it's the closest domestic producer to Champagne, and the 2011 Roederer l'Ermitage Brut is stunning! The aromatics explode out of the glass with fresh quince and white stone fruit and subtle hints of chalkiness. The palate comes alive with mouth tingling vibrancy and bright acidity. Subtle layers and a nutty, elegant finish hint to the wines aging potential.​

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/3/2018 | Send Email
L'Ermitage is the top of the line for Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley, and this wine is a stunning example of what can happen when Champenois culture and artistry meets California terroir. As is the case with all Roederer Estate wines, only the first pressing is used, but L'Ermitage is a cut above, with only the best base wines of a particularly exceptional vintage, with oak barrel aged reserve wines added to the mix. The result is a sparkling wine of extreme distinction and complexity, with a fine beaded, broad palate. A wonderful balance is struck here between sensuous, rich texture and clean, saline minerality, and the finish is persistent.

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Varietal:

Other White Wines

Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

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