Roederer Estate BrutAnderson Valley, California $34.95
We recently added two new bubbles to the Wine Shop line up and both are from the famed house of Louis Roederer. With a little twist we decided to feature their California house that is a drop dead ringer for champagne but at half the price.
Roederer Estate Brut is the first California sparkling wine to be produced by Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer's unique winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvée.
The Roederer winemaking philosophy has guided the development of Roederer Estate, located 125 miles north of San Francisco near the Mendocino Coast. Since 1982, Roederer Estate winery has been quietly developing its own vineyards and crafting fine wines from the Anderson Valley. Roederer Estate's Anderson Valley Brut debuted in October 1988 followed by the winery's first vintage cuvée, L'Ermitage, in 1993.
The Anderson Valley offered the cool climate and well-drained soils that are ideally suited to the Roederer winemaking style. This premium grape growing region's proximity to the ocean gives rise to a gentle cycle of warm days and cool nights, allowing grapes to mature slowly on the vine and develop full varietal character. To achieve an optimum balance of acids and sugars in the estate's grapes, Rouzaud introduced an "open lyre" trellis system for training the vines on moveable wires, providing more exposure to sunlight than traditional trellising methods.
Tasting notes: The Roederer Estate Brut is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It is fresh and lightly fruity with great finesse and depth of flavour.