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Brut Multi Vintage

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - 2018 SFC Wine Competition - January 15, 2018

Double Gold Award Double Gold Award

Wine Enthusiast - Jim Gordon - December 31, 2017

93 Points Editor's Choice "This is an assertive, flavorful and robust wine, with a medium to full body, a mouthfilling texture and fine-beaded bubbles. A creamy viscosity and wonderful layers of butter, apple, vanilla and ginger make for a delicious palate."

Wine & Spirits - Josh Greene - December 01, 2017

92 Points “This is a distinctly rich and complex release of Roederer Brut, its savory notes of yeast autolysis building the creamy texture even as the wine remains elegant and fresh. The wine’s inherent fruit sweetness will engage with crab.”

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - December 01, 2017

92 Points #25 on Top 100 "A voluptuous and expressive sparkler, with floral red apple, brioche and cinnamon spice aromas and rich, vibrant flavors that finish on a luxurious note."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - August 31, 2017

92 Points Smart Buy “A voluptuous, expressive sparkler, with floral apple, brioche and cinnamon spice aromas that lead to rich, vibrant flavors and a luxurious finish.”

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - June 07, 2017

92 Points "Rich yet delicate, with soft strawberry and ginger aromas that lead to vibrant cherry and spice flavors, building tension and complexity on the finish. Drink now through 2018."

Brut Multi Vintage Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - T.F. - December 21, 2016

90 Points SMART BUY Elegantly balances lively crispness with plush, rich fruit and notes of fresh cherry, baked apple and brioche, ending with a long, minerally finish.

Wine Spectator - Alison Napjus - January 31, 2016

91 Points EDITORS RECOMMEND “More than 30 years ago, France’s Champagne Louis Roederer established this California outpost, and today chef de cave Arnaud Weyrich produces this rich and aromatic Chardonnay dominated blend entirely from estate fruit.”

Wine Spectator - MaryAnn Worobiec - January 31, 2016

91 Points CRITIC'S CHOICE “This is my go-to bubbly, made by one of my favorite—and one of California’s most consistent—sparkling wine producers. More and more I’ve been gravitating to sparkling wine, taking full advantage of its food-friendly nature and celebratory vibe. I’ve grabbed this wine as a hostess gift, served it when friends came over for brunch, and popped it open simply to enjoy with popcorn and a movie on the couch.”

Wine Enthusiast - Jim Gordon - November 19, 2015

92 Points Editors’ Choice "The fruit flavors are apparent, fresh and lively in this medium-bodied, beautifully balanced brut. Light pear and pineapple aromas are followed by richer pear and citrus flavors, and subtle hints of baking spices, almonds and a nice earthy touch emerge."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - October 07, 2015

91 Points SMART BUY "Sleek and charming, with yeasty apple torte and floral cherry aromas and rich, crisp flavors of lemon curd, spicy vanilla and fresh ginger. Drink now."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - June 15, 2015

90 Points SPARKLING-BEST VALUE "Floral raspberry and apple pie aromas lead to crisp, focused lemon, anise and spicy raspberry flavors that finish on a fresh mineral note. Drink now."

San Francisco Chronicle - Jon Bonné - December 05, 2014

2014 Top 100 wines "Arnaud Weyrich's work at Philo-based Roederer keeps getting better, with the latest wines more dialed-in than ever, doing credit to parent company Champagne Louis Roederer. A finessed, intensely mineral mix of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir offers up woodruff, pecan, croissant crust and a ripe dose of fruit - citron, cherry, pomegranate - that actually tightens up on the palate in a welcome way. Disgorged January 2014."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 01, 2014

90 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "Roederer Estate's Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year's cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It's clean and dry with a long delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - October 01, 2014

90 Points BEST BUY OF THE YEAR "This is both fresh and substantial, striking a delicious balance between apple-skin spice, tangy lees and a briny seashell character. A festive coastal sparkler to pour with Dungeness crab."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - June 27, 2014

91 Points TOP VALUE "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - December 15, 2013

91 Points Smart Buys "Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers."

Wine Enthusiast - Virginie Boone - December 01, 2013

92 Points Thickly moussed, Roederer’s Brut, 60% Chardonnay blended with 40% Pinot Noir, aged two years on yeast is affordable and luxurious. A gorgeous, very dry sparkling wine with aromatics of honey, raisin, apple and pear, it is rich and soft and offers both depth and length. It’s an ideal marriage of bright acidity and ripe fruit character.

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - December 15, 2012

91 Points Top Value Smart Buy-"Sleek and impeccably focused and balanced, with floral apple, cinnamon and anise aromas and crisp yet supple lemon tart, cherry and spicy hazelnut flavors."

The New York Times - Eric Asimov - December 06, 2012

"...Roederer Estate is a gold standard for California sparkling wine..."

Wine Enthusiast - Steve Heimoff - December 2012

91 Points Editors' Choice "This blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir is one of the best sparkling wines you’ll find at this price. It’s stylishly dry and fancy, with yeasty lime, strawberry and vanilla flavors."

Sunset Magazine - July 19, 2012

2012 Sunset International Wine Competition Bronze Medal winner

Wine & Spirits - April 2012

91 Points Rated the #2 most popular sparkling wine by the Wine & Spirits restaurant poll.

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - November 30, 2011

89 Points "Rich and youthful, with delicate aromas of green apple and lime that lead to full flavors of baked pear and toasty anise, laced with cinnamon. The finish is clean and crisp, with a hint of mineral."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - October 2011

91 Points Best Buy One of the 100 Best Buys of the Year -- "This estate-grown blend of chardonnay and pinot noir gains added richness from oak-aged reserve wines. The reserves broaden the texture, contributing almond tones to the clean, fresh apple and pear flavors. A festive aperitif, this delivers far beyond its price."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - December 31, 2010

89 Points "Two of my perennial favorite values also head up the pack. The Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV is tart, refined and refreshingly minerally, with Gala apple and lemon aromas..."

Miami Herald - Fred Tasker - December 23, 2010

Recommended "Lots of tiny bubbles; firm structure; spicy, nutty, golden apple flavors"

Sunset - December 2010

Party Pour: "Consistently the best value among California's top bubblies"

San Antonio Current - Ron Bechtol - November 24, 2010

"And Best of Bubbly goes to the Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut, at around $18, one of the least expensive in a tasting that ranged from $14 to $40 — and the $40 contender, usually very dependable, didn’t make the cut. ...McHugh thought it had 'a good quality on the nose' and rated it high on appearance, with appealing color and good bubble action."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - November 15, 2010

89 Points "Crisp and refreshingly minerally, offering tart Gala apple and lemon aromas and focused flavors of yeasty citrus and anise. A hint of cherry lingers on the finish."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - November 01, 2010

92 Points "The latest release, a blend of chardonnay (60 percent) and pinot noir, shows that depth in penetrating flavors of green apple, tart pear and raspberry—the fruit fragrant and fresh against more mature notes of yeast."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - October 31, 2010

91 Points "The current release ... is the wine's best version ever, with bold, spicy apple aromas and rich, layered flavors of baked apple, pear and crème brûlée."

San Francisco Chronicle - Jon Bonné - August 29, 2010

"The Roederer nonvintage made in 2002, disgorged in 2004 after two years aging, had as much precision and focused green apple flavors as the winery's vintage 2002 L’Ermitage, with hints of toffee and almond to show its slight age. … Back we moved, to a bottle from 1989, full of floral and ripe golden apple, hazelnut and toast. Here was a fully evolved wine, as evolved as all but the most austere Champagnes of equal age, but holding great acidity and showing distinct opulence (plus a slight taste of wood from about 17 years sitting on a cork). "

National Public Radio (NPR) - June 27, 2010

"It is crisp and elegant with complex pear, spice and hazelnut flavors. It's also fresh and lightly fruity, with great finesse and depth of flavor."

Wall Street Journal - Lettie Teague - May 21, 2010

"Although it's made in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino, this California sparkling wine might well be mistaken for Champagne. Roederer Estate was, in fact, founded by one of the greatest Champagne houses in France, Louis Roederer, some 30 years ago, and the style of the wines is similarly rich, almost yeasty and tremendously elegant."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - December 31, 2009

Recommended -- A Top A "perennial favorite": "The Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley rich and layered, with apple, spicy cinnamon and yeast flavors."

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - December 2009

92 points, Best Buy "Fragrant fruit ripeness lends this wine penetrating flavors of raspberry essence, tart pear and green apple, a fine mesh of pinot noir and chardonnay. The texture is smooth, the bubbles bringing a touch of yeastiness and almond flavor to balance the freshness of the fruit."

Relish Magazine - December 2009

Recommended "...celebration-style elegance at affordable prices."

Wine Spectator - Tim Fish - November 15, 2009

91 points, Smart Buy "A rich version, loaded with spicy cinnamon notes. Bold apple aromas, with a whiff of yeast, lead to complex, layered pear, crème brûlée and baked apple flavors that linger."

New York Times - Eric Asimov - May 20, 2009

Recommended "One of the best champagne-style sparkling wines made outside of Champagne...Light and elegant with flavors of lemon and grapefruit."

Wine & Spirits - April 2009

#3 Most Popular Spar

Appellation America - March 04, 2009

Double Gold Medal Be

San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Pitcher - February 08, 2009

For Roederer Estate Brut magnum: "Tasted against the standard 750 ml bottle ($22), it's a different wine. Livelier and more plentiful bubbles. Wine in the smaller bottle offered forward aromas of hazelnut cream, apricot and citrus, while this has shy aromas of lemon blossom and toasted brioche, enhanced by green apple and quince. In the mouth, very full and a bit frothy with more citrus flavors showing."

Wine Enthusiast - Steve Heimoff - December 31, 2008

92 points "Fully ready to drink now, this dry brut shows the classy elegance of a fine Champagne. The Chardonnay contributes white peaches and apples, while Pinot adds a subtle note of cherries with spicy, yeasty’s a notable achievement."

Los Angeles Times - Patrick Comiskey - December 24, 2008

"Take the nonvintage Brut from Roederer Estate ($22), the Anderson Valley satellite of the great Champagne house Louis Roederer, a wine with notes of pear and a feathery wisp of yeast in the aromatics that will make you think of freshly baked dinner rolls."

Press Democrat - Peg Melnik - December 24, 2008

Top Pick "**** An elegant sparkling wine that is crisp and flavorful. The fruit is lively but not too ripe. Aromas and flavors of apple, melon, anise and yeast. Good complexity. Nice mousse."

New York Times - Eric Asimov - December 24, 2008

2.5 stars "Light, dry and Champagne-like with flavors of lemon and grapefruit."

San Jose Mercury News - Laurie Daniel - December 23, 2008

Recommended "My favorite moderately priced California sparklers are from Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley...The non-vintage Roederer Estate citrusy, round and a little yeasty..." - Richard Nalley - December 08, 2008

"The Sure Bet" "This, [Roederer Estate's] cornerstone bottling, is affordable, reliable, sold everywhere and best of all, a treat to drink: fresh, lively and chockfull of juicy yellow apple and pear flavors."

San Francisco Chronicle - Jon Bonné - December 07, 2008

Top 100 Wines of 200 "It's still hard to believe that this Mendocino offshoot of the Champagne house delivers so much for the money. This widely available bottling is fresh and leesy, with green apple and crushed rock aromas. Buoyant acidity and squeezed orange flavors mix with wild berry, an ever-present edge and a refined bead. Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich uses just a touch of malolactic fermentation, which adds a welcome bit of extra body."

San Francisco Chronicle - Lynne Char Bennett - December 05, 2008

2.5 Stars (Good-Exce "This Mendocino offshoot of the Champagne house delivers a remarkable wine for the money, outpacing many Champagnes. Widely available, this latest bottling is fresh and leesy, with green apple and crushed rock aromas. Buoyant acidity and squeezed orange flavors mix with wild berry. The bubbles are refined and the body is ample enough to avoid sharpness while maintaining a precise edge."

New York Times - Howard D. Goldberg - October 19, 2008

Recommended "Experts consider nonvintage Roederer Estate brut, from Anderson Valley in Mendocino County, California’s best sparkling wine. This balanced blend of chardonnay and pinot noir, a favorite among Francophiles, offers bright pear and green apple flavors."

Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition - August 2008

Gold Medal

Wine & Spirits - June 2008

Critics' Pick "I've always liked this wine, and it's one of the best sparkling wines made in the US." -- Jared Heber, Osteria Mozza, Los Angeles, CA

Wine & Spirits - Joshua Greene - February 2008

90 Points "Complex minerality runs through this sparkler, tinged with sweet vanilla and strawberry flavors, but not overtly fruity. With light richness and firm acidity, it's suited to poached prawns."

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition - January 2008

Schott Zwiesel Silve

Wine & Spirits - 2008

90 points, A Best Bu "Complex minerality runs through this sparkler, tinged with sweet vanilla and strawberry flavors, but not overtly fruity. With light richness and firm acidity, it’s suited to poached prawns."

Wine Enthusiast - Steve Heimoff - December 31, 2007

Editor's Choice, 92 "This is an absolutely first-rate bubbly, dry, smooth and rich. Has complex flavors of peaches, limes and strawberries, accented by doughy yeast and smoky flavors. Really defines the balanced elegance and pedigree you want in a great sparkler." - Ray Isle - December 28, 2007

A Top Pick for New Y

Quick, Dallas-Fort Worth - D.M.N - December 27, 2007

"Made with estate-grown grapes, this is a crisp, medium-bodied sparkler with a nice core of apple-pear flavors."

Dallas Morning News - Tina Danze - December 26, 2007

"Made with estate-grown grapes, this is a crisp, medium-bodied sparkler with a nice core of apple-pear flavors. 'It’s rich and complex without being yeasty,' Mr. Pinnell said. 'The finish is so refreshing — it leads you on to another sip or to another bite of food,' Mr. Howald said. 'This is what I hope they serve when I go to a New Year’s party,' Ms. Frances said. She added that the sparkler would make a great pairing for sole menieure meunière at a New Year’s Eve dinner party."

Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh - Dave DeSimone - December 19, 2007

Highly Recommended "As the product of Louis Roederer Champagne's investment in Mendocino County's cool climate, this is one of California's most consistent, high-quality non-vintage sparkling wines. The wine has complex, elegant aromas leading to crisp citrus and rich pear flavors well-balanced by fine acidity through a complex, dry finish with excellent finesse. Highly Recommended."

Press Democrat, Santa Rosa - Michele Anna Jordan - December 19, 2007

Wine of the Week "The wine is crisp, clean, austere in a good way and delicate. Although it is not overly complicated, there is a lingering complexity that engages the drinker on both a sensual and cerebral level. ...Grapes are rarely offered up as one of the flavors in wine, but they are there in every sip, alongside a suggestion of green fruit -- Asian pear, green apple and not-quite-ripe cherimoya. In the background, standing solid like a bass player -- John Entwistle, let's say -- is an appealing bedrock of toast, from which tiny bubbles meander toward the surface, where they burst like tiny sea stars."

Today Show - Ray Isle - December 13, 2007

Ray Isle, Food & Wine senior wine editor, featured Roederer Estate Brut NV as one of the wine super steals in a segment on the Today show on NBC.

MSNBC - Ray Isle - December 12, 2007

"Roederer, the French company that makes Cristal, also owns a property in California’s Anderson Valley. From it they produce this top-notch sparkling wine....[T]the Roederer team’s experience shows, and it’s a steal for the price."

Wall Street Journal - Dorothy J. Gaiter and John Brecher - December 01, 2007

"$15 to $25. At this price range, we'd look for California bubbly: ...Roederer Estate Brut..."

Cooking Light - Karen MacNeil - December 2007

"This is one of my all-around favorites and fantastic for the price. Rich and yeasty like many French Champagnes, it's also bright and citrusy like many California wines."

Wine News - December 2007

92 Points "Baked apple and toast aromas with a hint of vanilla. Very lively mouth-feel with croissant, honey and orange zest flavors. Crisp acidity reflects a tart, youthful finish."

San Francisco Chronicle, Orange County Register - Lynne Char Bennett - November 30, 2007

3 Stars "Roederer is one of California's several French-owned sparkling wine producers. Jean-Claude Rouzaud, owner of Roederer's parent "house" - Louis Roederer - established his Anderson Valley vineyards in 1983. Though this is Roederer's workhorse wine, it is perfect to trot out for company. The wine's subtle nose opens with gentle mineral, brioche toast and citrus hints then moves to bigger aromas and flavors that are fresh, layered and brimming with mineral and ripe white grapefruit acidity."

Cincinnati Enquirer - Jim Knippenberg - November 21, 2007

Kevin Keith, wine buyer for Liquor Direct's Covington and Fort Thomas locations, said Roederer Estate Brut NV was one of the best wines for a dinner party. "Roederer Brut NV is probably one of the best California sparklers under $30 with an impeccable balance of fruit and effervescence."

NY1 Magazine - November 17, 2007

Recommended as a starter to the Thanksgiving meal and to go with appetizers

Sacramento Bee - M.D. - November 14, 2007

One of the Year's Gr "Year after year, this is the best buy in sparkling wine for its caressing fruit, taut spine and refreshing acidity."

Daily Press, Newport News, VA - Kathy Van Mullekom - November 12, 2007

"This sparkling wine comes from the same people that make Cristal, so you know the quality is exceptional!"

Star Chefs Magazine - Jim Clarke - November 2007

Recommended "At $20, the Roederer Estate Brut is a steal; the blend is dominated by Chardonnay, which brings crisp lemon, pear, and green apple notes, but judicious use of oak-aged reserve wines add in toastiness and vanilla; brioche touches from lees-aging knit everything together."

The Plain Dealer, Cleveland - Donald Rosenberg - October 31, 2007

Wine Buy of the Week "A fine bead rises from this straw-colored sparkling wine, which has aromas of yeast and citrus. The citrus also dominates the flavors, which have a touch of creaminess while remaining quite dry with good acidity. Drink it as a sipper or with a meal. It's ideal for celebrating any occasion..."

Press Democrat - Tasting Room - July 25, 2007

2.5 Stars "A sparkler with toasty, bready aromas. Notes of caramel and toffee."

Wine & Spirits - April 2007

18th Annual Restaurant Poll:
Third most popular sparkling wine

Orange County Fair Wine Competition - 2007

4 Star Gold Medal Aw

San Francisco Chronicle - December 01, 2006

3 Stars "Roederer’s wines are defined by a sharpness that comes from almost no malolactic fermentation. Unlike most of the California bruts, this is heavier on the Chardonnay--60 percent to 40 percent Pinot Noir, with a small sweet, woodsy note on the nose, like candy in a cedar forest, with sweet apple and nectarine, then a yeasty note that emerges in its middle. Balanced and biting, with a gripping ending."

Wine & Spirits - December 2006

91 Points “A pale, platinum gold color and clean scent of Asian pear introduce this cool, Anderson Valley sparkler. Crisp pear flavors meld with chamomile through a mineral-tinged finish, the wine’s supple texture growing richer with air. For any roast fish, consider Chatham cod served over braised fennel.”

Sunset Magazine - December 2006

Recommended "Complex, creamy, and citrusy. A great all-around sparkler."

The Press Democrat - M. Jordan - December 2006

Wine of the Week "Our Wine of the Week, Roederer Estate Anderson Valley NV Brut, has a pleasing austerity to it, as many of the finest sparklers do. By austerity, I mean a leanness, a focus and a crispness that makes me think of a bright yet cold winter day at the sea. The delicate bubbles dance in your mouth like little bursts of sea spray against your skin, leaving behind brief impressions of green fruit, apple, kiwi and, it's true, not-quite-ripe grapes. The wine is delicate and beautifully balanced. You can enjoy it with just about anything but red meats. It is especially suited to seafood such as raw oysters and clams, petrale sole and sand dabs , and to salads with arugula, citrus fruits and fresh chevre. But given that it's Dungeness crab season, I suggest pairing it with winter's shellfish. And to show both the wine and the crab to best advantage, serve the crab chilled. For today's recipe I've chosen to pair crab with a vinaigrette I 've been making for a couple of decades. It is best when made with a whole Meyer lemon but you can make it with any lemon as long as you taste the vinaigrette and balance the acid with more olive oil and more salt if needed. I can't think of a better way to welcome in 2007."

The Wall Street Journal - December 2006

Good/Very Good One of the favorites in separate blind tastings of widely available bubblies under $30.

Wine Spectator - April 2006

Distinguished as one of the "Most Popular Sparkling Wines" with a 5th place ranking.

Wine, Food & Friends - Karen MacNeil - 2006

"...So as the seductive smells of the roasting turkey fill the room, I pour chilled flutes of California sparkling wine for everyone to enjoy while I'm putting the finishing touches on several dishes. I love many sparklers, but often for this dinner I'll put one of my favorites: Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut."

Wine & Spirits - P. J. C. - 2006

"It's tricky to make sparkling wine in the California heat, but it's easier if the heat's moderated by Mendocino fog. Roederer's sparklers remain among the finest in the state."

The San Francisco Chronicle - Linda Murphy - December 15, 2005

Two and a half stars "Here's a widely available wine that's lean and racy, with a tight core of lemon, lime, Granny Smith apple and marzipan aromas and flavors, and a creamy mid-palate."

Food & Wine - October 2005

Best Sparkling Wine "Credit the combination of crisp, cool-climate Anderson Valley grapes and the considerable wine making experience of parent company Champagne Louis Roederer, a centuries-old French Champagne house, for making this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend one of the most Champagne-like sparkling wines produced in California. Roederer Estate winemaker Arnaud Weyrich adds a portion of oak-aged reserve wine to give this bottling additional complexity."

New York Times - Howard G. Goldberg - February 06, 2005

Recommended Wine Und "Its fine bubbles, toasty flavor and complexity have made it a leading sparkling wine since 1988. A nonvintage blend of chardonnay and pinot noir grapes grown in the Anderson Valley in cool Mendocino County, Calif., it resembles expensive champagne. Its inspiration comes from the French parent company Louis Roederer, which produces Cristal."

Wine News - January 2005

90 Points "Pale straw hue with a frothy mousse. Toasty aromas of grapefruit, apricot, biscuit and white bread. Crisp flavors of citrus, apple, hay and a Sherry nuance. Lengthy close features tart lemon drop."

San Francisco Chronicle - Linda Murphy - May 2004

Top 100 Wine of 2004 "Excellent and very attractive. Zesty, yet with creamy peach and citrus and nut aromas and flavors, with some dry mineral; fresh, lively and foamy; clean finish."

Wine & Spirits - December 2003

88 Points "Persistent effervescence carries the floral scents of apple blossom up out of the glass. This light golden wine is firm and fresh, layering the apple flavors over a redder cherry tone. A simple sparkler with a drive; a lively aperitif."

Wine Enthusiast - S.H. - December 31, 2002

90 Points "You’d almost think you were drinking fine Champagne when you sip this intricate bubbly, which, after all, is owned by a French Champagne house. It’s dry and yeasty, with suble citrus flavors and an aftertaste of almond skin. Feels fine and elegant on the palate."

Time Magazine - 2002

"This is an outstanding American sparking wine, perfect for celebrating."