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.
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.”
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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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.
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."
"...Roederer Estate is a gold standard for California sparkling wine..."
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."
91 Points Rated the #2 most popular sparkling wine by the Wine & Spirits restaurant poll.
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."
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."
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..."
Recommended "Lots of tiny bubbles; firm structure; spicy, nutty, golden apple flavors"
"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."
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."
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."
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."
"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). "
"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."
"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."
Recommended -- A Top A "perennial favorite": "The Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley NV...is rich and layered, with apple, spicy cinnamon and yeast flavors."
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."
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."
Recommended "One of the best champagne-style sparkling wines made outside of Champagne...Light and elegant with flavors of lemon and grapefruit."
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."
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 nuances....it’s a notable achievement."
"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."
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."
2.5 stars "Light, dry and Champagne-like with flavors of lemon and grapefruit."
Recommended "My favorite moderately priced California sparklers are from Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley...The non-vintage Roederer Estate Brut...is citrusy, round and a little yeasty..."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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
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."
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."
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."
"Made with estate-grown grapes, this is a crisp, medium-bodied sparkler with a nice core of apple-pear flavors."
"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."
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."
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."
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.
"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."
"$15 to $25. At this price range, we'd look for California bubbly: ...Roederer Estate Brut..."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
Recommended as a starter to the Thanksgiving meal and to go with appetizers
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."
"This sparkling wine comes from the same people that make Cristal, so you know the quality is exceptional!"
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."
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..."
2.5 Stars "A sparkler with toasty, bready aromas. Notes of caramel and toffee."
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."
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.”
Recommended "Complex, creamy, and citrusy. A great all-around sparkler."
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."
Good/Very Good One of the favorites in separate blind tastings of widely available bubblies under $30.
Distinguished as one of the "Most Popular Sparkling Wines" with a 5th place ranking.
"...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."
"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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
90 Points "Vibrant and focused, with aromas of strawberry and mineral leading to crisp flavors of raspberry, nectarine and spice. Drink now."
93 Points Editors’ Choice "A complex and complete wine with everything in place, this tastes delicious from the first whiff to the lingering finish. It has fresh-baked bread and light peach aromas and white-cherry flavors. Well balanced, it’s layered on a subtle level and harmonious."
90 Points "This is a mouthfilling, plush-textured, copper colored bubbly with hints of cherry and raspberry in the ripe flavors, firm acidity to balance them and tiny bubbles to keep it all lively. Made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, it finishes with a slightly sweet sensation."
90 Points "Floral aromas of raspberry and white chocolate open to crisp, festive flavors of graham cracker, spice and red apple. Drink now."
93 Points Gorgeous foam leads this wine, a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. Golden peach in color with a dry, savory strawberry richness and smooth texture, it is buoyed by solid acidity. Estate-grown, this is a stellar California sparkler, incredibly well-priced and versatile.
92 Points Highly Recommended "Sleek and rich, with floral strawberry and sugar cookie aromas and elegant, layered citrus, tart cherry and mineral flavors that linger toward a vibrant, lightly spicy finish."
90 Points Editors' Choice "From the yeasty, strawberry-tinged aroma to the brisk, doughy mouthfeel through to the honeyed, complex finish, this is a fine wine. It feels beautiful, clean and stimulating, just as a sparkling wine should."
91 Points Smart Buy "Lush and rich, with bright cherry and red apple aromas and crisp, layered flavors of raspberry and cinnamon that finish on a note of crisp minerality."
92 Points Editors' Choice "Great price for a sparkling wine this refined, and the fact that it’s a rosé makes it an even better deal. It’s rich in strawberry, orange and lime flavors, with that savory yeastiness that marks the best bubblies."
91 Points "There's lovely precision to the light strawberry notes in this wine, a clean parallel to its pale pink color. The finish is spicy and gentle, with a creamy undercurrent that lingers on fruit. Chill it for prawns."
#2 Most Memorable Wine of 2010: "Not just any Roederer Rosé, mind you, but a bottle from the 1989 vintage, disgorged around 1992. ... Filled with scents of ripe butterscotch, dried roses, wild strawberry and heather, it was just old enough to have taken on a mellow pastry-dough sweetness, yet bright enough to burst with all the energy that great bubbly should have. For all the love of vintage California fizz, there's great and unheralded talent in the nonvintage versions."
Recommended "Salmon hue, hint of oak, very crisp, black cherry flavors"
Recommended for Thanksgiving: "The regular Roederer Brut remains perhaps the best deal in California bubbles, but the Rosé is the standout [...]. Woodsy notes add to a dark-stone minerality that underlines cranberry, tangerine and pear flavors. It's got that quintessential brightness, with a bit of creamy vanilla at the end."
90 Points Bargain Sparkler "A beautiful rosé bubbly, from the copper-salmon color to the final finish. Made from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it's dry and refined, with complex orange, raspberry, vanilla cream, mineral and brioche flavors. Gains extra points for the smoothness of its bubbles."
"This smooth, nonvintage sparkling rosé is dominated by pinot noir, which adds lovely fruit to the flavor and a nice dose of blush to the finish. It includes up to 20 percent oak-aged reserve wine and is characterized by subtle herb and red raspberry accents, but with a stiff mineral backbone."
92 points "Almost as pale as a brut, with a touch of salmon color, and deeply flavored, this Chardonnay and Pinot Noir blend has subtle, inviting flavors of cherries, strawberries, orange zest, vanilla and freshly baked brioche. It's very fine in the mousse, with a silky mouthfeel. Really marked by elegance and structure."
Recommended "For the Limo: Super-fizzy California bubbly Roederer Estate Brut Rose NA is full of flavors of spicy sour cherries, lemon, lime, and herbs."
A Top 100 Wine of 20 "This accessible and remarkably well-crafted pink bubbly is both stony and yeasty, with robust nectarine skin and toasty pastry crust. Elegant and yet edgy, like a fresh splash of seawater spray."
"Not to cast a shadow on Roederer's regular brut but this accessible and remarkably well-crafted pink bubbly remains a major outperformer. Both stony and yeasty on a nose that hits you like seawater spray, with robust nectarine skin and toasty pastry crust."
"This is superb rose sparkling wine, a blend of pinot noir (60 percent) and chardonnay (40 percent) with a textbook-perfect hue of pale salmon and an indisputably pinot noir-ish scent and taste of red berries. The acidity is brisk and refreshing. ...Few sparkling roses from anywhere --and I include France's Champagne region in this assertion --are better than this bottling from California's Roederer Estate."
For Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV magnum: "A blend of 60 percent Pinot Noir and 40 percent Chardonnay, with the lovely salmon hue coming from the addition of a small amount of still Pinot Noir. Full and round in the mouth with lively, tiny bubbles and a remarkable balancing act of elegance and austerity contributed by the Chardonnay."
91 points "Full-bodied and rich, this slightly orange-colored bubbly offers forward flavors of cherry vanilla and Chardonnay with mashed ripe strawberries. It’s very good, an addictively drinkable bubbly that finishes clean, dry and yeasty."
Recommended "My favorite moderately priced California sparklers are from Roederer Estate in Anderson Valley...the non-vintage Brut Rosé...offers plenty of bright fruit, some toasty and yeasty accents and a fine texture."
2.5 Stars (Good-Exce "The beautiful pale pink-orange in color is from 5 percent Pinot Noir. This wine has a fresh nose of white flowers, rhubarb and loamy musk. Orange and wild raspberry flavors with a chalky undertone; soft, evocative mousse. 60 percent Pinot Noir, 40 percent Chardonnay, of which 10 to 20 percent is reserve wine."
91 points Recommended recent release from Mendocino -- "Crisp with appealing cherry and graham cracker aromas that lead to lively strawberry, vanilla and spice flavors."
Recommended "My favorite California sparkling rosé is Roederer Estate's Brut Rosé. The color is light--almost amber rather than pink--but the wine has a fine and persistent effervescence and an enticing aroma and flavor. The blend includes a little oak-aged reserve wine that gives the depth and complexity that make every sip a surprise."
Recommended "For the wedding guests, you can ramp down your costs, while still keeping the quality pretty high. Look to Champagne-style bubbly from California ... Roederer Estate Brut Rosé."
An "All-Season Favor "This sparkling-wine producer, based in Anderson Valley, is the California branch of French Champagne house Louis Roederer. This rosé is every bit as refined and well-balanced as its French counterparts."
Karen Page's Pick of "From among our three California sparkling rosé recommendations, Karen netted her pick of the week: The N.V. Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Rosé Sparkling Wine...is the effort of an offshoot of Champagne's Louis Roederer, maker of famed Cristal Champagne. The nose is strawberry cheesecake: ripe, round strawberries with hints of cream cheese, vanilla and graham cracker crust. With its lush body, constant stream of tiny bubbles and long, creamy finish, this is a sparkler with impressive finesse. We found it all the more impressive that it paired so well with food, especially sauteed salmon, which perfectly echoed its color."
"A Roederer Rose, whether made in France or in the winery's Anderson Valley property, is likely to be austere in style and crackling with fresh acidity."
3 Stars (Excellent) "This wine - included in our 2007 Top 100 wines - continues to impress for the price. There's complexity to both nose and palate, which has toast, Meyer lemon, raspberry and touch of herb. One panelist even detected butterscotch. The focused palate has a richer texture with a touch of marmalade and orange zest flavors and a long, slightly minerally finish."
91 Points, One of th "Crisp and festive, with appealing cherry and graham cracker aromas and lively strawberry, vanilla and spice flavors that take on richness and length on the finish."
91 Points "From the pretty, pale amber color to the long, distinguished finish, this is a great rosé sparkler. To begin with, it's dry, a point in its favor, while the flavors are subtle and complex. They suggest pink grapefruits, tangerine zest, a squeeze of white peach, vanilla, and the smoke and dough of oak and lees. With its low alcohol and very low pH, it's a balanced wine of great structural integrity."
One of the Top 100 W "Roederer's nonvintage Brut is very good, but its Rosé is a hidden strength. Made predominantly of Pinot Noir, with about 40 percent Chardonnay, it harnesses still Pinot for color and up to 20 percent oak-aged reserve wine for depth. The result surpasses many Rosé Champagnes: subtle herbal, raspberry and cherry scents, with slight mushroom and mineral, and a grip to the finish."
91 Points "Light copper hue. Aromas of carved pumpkin and vanilla. Very creamy on entry with a meld of cherry and tart strawberry with great integration of citrus-laced acidity. Tangy grapefruit and cherry juice flavors in the cleansing finish."
Recommended "Tiny, creamy bubbles carry wild strawberry, bright cherry, and refreshing lemon-lime flavors."
Nadine Brown, of Charlie Palmer Steak, Washington, D.C., recommended the Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV as her sparkling wine pick.
5 Indulgent Sparkling Rosés
"Practically an albino as rosés go, Roederer's mainstream version (its 1999 L'Ermitage is for slightly deeper pockets) is a fantastic value--wonderfully yeasty and minerally, with the liveliest bubbles."
Rated as one of the "The Anderson Valley, north of Sonoma, is gaining a reputation for elegant, cool climate wines, and this fresh, lively and fun fizz is a fine example. It is a gold rather than a true pink color, and it's vibrant with the flavors of freshly sliced strawberries."
90 Points "Floral scents of strawberries and deeper raspberry tones fill this wine with ripe fruit. Its sweetness melds into the tense acidity and fine mousse as the wine develops in the glass, elegant in a fruity, California style."
"You can't go wrong with a dry sparkling rosé from the Anderson Valley. Roederer Estate Brut Rosé has five percent still pinot noir added. It is big and tilts towards smoke and cloves, making it particularly good with potstickers and Beijing spareribs."
92 Points "Champagne-like aromas of baked apple, lemon curd and dough are beautifully integrated. Very refreshing flavors of raspberry, apple, minerals and flint are bracing without being painfully so. Clean minerally close."
"The luxurious pink-tinged color of this sumptuous sparkler exudes Valentine flair, but its aromas and flavors are the real gift: crème brulée, custard, whipped cream, and toasted brioche come through with each sip."
92 Points "A luxurious sparkler, with toasty brioche, mineral and lemon brûlée aromas and rich, complex flavors of crisp apple and raspberry, showing accents of fresh ginger and spice."
90 Points "The 2009 vintage grew lush pinot noir and chardonnay on the northern California coast, and that vintage character defines Roederer Estate's tete de cuvee: It's broad and rich, its ripe apple flavor threaded with the toastiness of barrel-aged reserve lots, while a bright line of acidity gives it a healthy persistence."
93 Points #60 of 2015 TOP 100 "Instead of Napa or Sonoma, Champagne house Louis Roederer established its sparkling wine outpost in Mendocino’s quiet Anderson Valley in 1982. Roederer Estate L’Ermitage 2007, the current release of the winery’s tête de cuvée, proves the location was a smart choice. The 2007 season was long and moderate, with plentiful fog. Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich used the estate’s best lots, blending roughly equal parts Chardonnay and Pinot Noir."
95 Points #36 of Top 100 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."
93 Points #60 of 2015 TOP100 "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."
93 Points TOP U.S. SPARKLING "This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its complexity and sophistication. Delicate brioche and apple aromas lead to long and sleek flavors of spicy hazelnut, lemon and ginger that finish with an impeccably crisp mineral note. Drink now through 2016."
97 Points Cellar Selection "All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that encourages a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 or longer."
91 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "Composed of a near-even balance of chardonnay and pinot noir, this gains richness from barrel-aged wines from the 2003 and 2006 vintages. It lasts on a creamy, fruit-driven impression of spicy pear skin and juicy pear flesh, its texture generous yet airy - a sophisticated sparkling wine to to a sushi bar for an omakase dinner."
97 Points "This shows minute, slow-rising bubbles, and a bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and croissants. The flavors are layered and intricate, subtle but rich. A lush texture is supported by fresh acidity and a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 or longer."
96 Points Editors’ Choice "This impressive bubbly has apple, caramel and toffee aromas, melt-in-the-mouth Bosc pear and spice rack flavors, a rich but firm texture, and long finish. It possesses amazing liveliness, body and depth, and seems to reveal more nuances and freshness with each sip. While terrific to drink now, it can be cellared through at least 2020."
92 Points Year's BestSparkling "Winemaker Arnaud Weyrich composed this racy vintage of Roederer Estate’s tête de cuvée from a near-even blend of pinot noir and chardonnay, along with some oak-aged reserve wine from the 2003 vintage. It tightens from a ripe, sunny, apple skin aroma toward a lime-green streak of acidity, scents of kelp and autumn leaves bringing savory dimension to its focused structure. It’s clean and bright enough for shellfish right now, but should be more delicate and versatile with another year or two in bottle."
97 Points #1 of Top 100 "This is an exquisite sparkling wine made from 52% Chardonnay and 48% Pinot Noir, concocted into a special blend and aged for almost six years in oak cask. After disgorgement it was given another five months to sit in bottle before release. It has such freshness on the palate, such enviable acidity, that it’s hard to believe the grapes were picked so long ago. Crisp apple dominates, with just a trace of yeastiness on the nose and palate. This is a delicious wine."
92 Points "Blended from a selection of grapes from Roederer's estate vineyards, this includes four percent of barrel-aged reserve wine from the 2000 harvest. While chardonnay outweighs pinot noir (52 percent to 48), the flavors are more in the red fruit realm, with the fragrance of fresh raspberries. The wine's yeast maturity measures that fruit into an enticing aroma, while the citrus underpinning of chardonnay lengthens the flavor, keeping the structure tight and fine. A light, crisp vintage of l'Ermitage, this would be delicious with poached salmon for brunch."
93 Points "Impeccably focused and elegant, with layers of complexity that open slowly. Floral aromas of red apple and lemon tart lead to vibrant and delicately opulent flavors of mineral, raspberry and fresh ginger. A hint of hazelnut chimes in on the finish. Drink now through 2015."
96 Points #17 of Top 100 Editors' Choice -- "2003 was a great vintage for Roederer Estate. This, their top vintage wine, is very great, and the price is an absolute steal for this world class sparkler. It’s enormously rich in the strawberries from Pinot Noir and the limes from Chardonnay, while the toast and rich lees combine for a perfect Champagne-style smokiness. And so smooth, it’s like a kiss of silk. At the age of eight years, this wonderful wine is just getting started."
94 Points "This wine captures the cool tones of Anderson Valley fruit in a sophisticated sparkler, the marriage of pinot noir and chardonnay flavors transformed into lemon curd, white raspberry, bright apple and lasting spice. The tight balance keeps it fresh, while reserve wines add to its richness (the blend includes four percent of reserves from 1999). There's nerve underneath the luscious texture, extending the sense of richness into finesse."
93 Points #55 of Top 100 "Elegant and sleek, yet complex, with cinnamon and green apple aromas that lead to rich flavors of pear and lemon custard layered with brioche and mineral."
94 Points White Wine of the Month - "This wine captures the cool tones of Anderson Valley fruit in a sophisticated sparkler, the marriage of pinot noir and chardonnay flavors transformed into lemon curd, white raspberry, bright apple and lasting spice. The tight balance keeps it fresh, while reserve wines add to its richness (the blend includes four percent of reserves from 1999). There's nerve underneath the luscious texture, extending the sense of richness into finesse."
Splurge Bottle "This 'elegant' sparkler is the result of heavy investments in California vineyards by the top Champagne houses."
A "Hot Bottle" -- Notes of vanilla, brioche, and spice blend with baked apple and apricot."
91 Points "L'Ermitage 2002 ... is sleek and creamy, with pinpoint focus and long, complex apple and spicy, yeasty flavors."
Co-Best of Show "Elegant, rich, complex, powerful, well-focused."
93 Points Best Sparkling Wine Buying Guide 2010 -- "This wine combines remarkable freshness with elegant richness, so that even after it's been open for several days, the flavors are still evolving, the fruit still brisk as an autumn breeze. It needs that time for the blunt chalkiness of the structure to mellow, for the cool apple and pear flavors to develop and lengthen. Built to age, this is an exceptional vintage of L'Ermitage."
A Wine for Any Colle "For Celebrating: Soft peach, zesty lime and elegant bubbles."
94 Points, Cellar Se "Always one of the top sparklers in California, L'Ermitage defines the rigorous selection that marks the best vintage-dated, ageworthy wines. The 2000 is...very rich and flavorful in yeast, smoke, strawberry, citrus and vanilla flavors, but it's also a very young wine, tight and minerally. It wants bottle age."
One of the Top 6 Win "Roederer's vintage-dated reserve remains, consistently, the most impressive sparkling wine in America. This latest, with 53 percent Chardonnay and 47 percent Pinot Noir, opens with a musky snap and aggressively yeasty nose. Subtle berry and forest notes are followed by explosive flavors of dough, citrus and a whole spectrum of red fruit, plus brandy and pie crust. It's all kept in harmony by sharp acidity, which makes for a mouthwatering finish."
"The Roederer has a nutty, spicy nose with a gentle yeastiness and a palate that explodes with energetic citrus and red-berry fruit. It's long and rewarding."
"$30 to $60. At this price, you can try some of the high-end domestic bubblies...Look for ...Roederer Estate L'Ermitage."
Recommended "Widely considered to be the best American sparkler (from California), and with good reason, this one has a big, satisfying mouthfeel along with notes of hazelnuts and hot buttered toast, followed by a long, lingering tart finish."
94 Points "This cool-climate tête de cuvée...was aged for six years on the yeast, which imbued the wine with a lush roundness and long, creamy finish. Aromas of apple and peach underpinned by a bread crust note. Baked apple flavors flattered by subtle hints of toasted notes. A simply outstanding California sparkler."
3 Stars "The first vintage of Roederer L'Ermitage was released in 1993 - this is another great wine from a consistently stellar producer. The 2000 vintage has a multitude of explosive flavors: bread dough, ripe lemon, fresh apple and stone fruit, which follow enticing yeasty musk, mineral, berry and forest-like aromas. A harmonious finish of the ripe, rich palate lingers with echoed flavors and minerally acidity."
92 Points "An elegant vintage of L'Ermitage, it has taken some time for this 2000 to evolve. But it was worth the wait: Its austere flavors of peach and nectarine meld with incipient minerality to create depth and complexity without reliance on superripe fruit. Long lees aging has given it a creamy softness to balance that complexity. Cellar this for another year or two; it will only get better."
5 Stars, Co-Best of "Outstanding: Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves." "Big, rich, nutty, bread dough, pear and almond flavors; deep, long, steely finish."
5 Stars, Co-Best of
"Outstanding: Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves
Big, rich, nutty, bread dough, pear and almond flavors; deep, long, steely finish."
3.5 Stars "A rich bubbly, yeasty, toasty and nutty. This sparkler has a great mouth-feel and a lively mousse. Medium-bodied."
5 Stars, Co-Best of
"Outstanding: Wines of such remarkable character and quality as to be in a class by themselves
Big, rich, ripe, brioche and pear flavors buoyed by excellent acidity; long, authoritative finish."
3 and 1/2 Stars "Roederer's top-level American wine, with 55 percent Chardonnay and the rest Pinot Noir, more than holds its own with its French cousins. Scents of gray flint dominate amid the dough and yeasty fruit. Its has sharp oxidative notes (the dosage wine was aged 9 years in oak casks) and it's vibrantly, almost alarmingly, tangy. The sharpness lingers, with a compelling mix of red fruit, mushrooms and sherry."
93 Points "Mature, lively aromas of citrus and red apple with a pleasing oxidized note. Creamy texture and softer acidity than many of its California brethren frame flavors of baked apple and flint."
Three and a half sta "From its tiny bubbles to its creamy mousse to a finish that goes on forever, this is a tremendous wine, rich and full, yet with the finesse and complexity of Champagne. Aromas of brioche, hazelnut and marzipan lead to a citrus, tropical fruit and nectarine palate."
94 Points - Top 100 "Extraordinarily fine for its smoothness and finesse, and the way the wine glides over the plate with a yeasty creaminess that turns smoky and spicy on the finish. The dosage stands out, yet this bubbly is also very acidic now. It should age well for at least 10 years."
90 Points "Light gold hues with lnies of pinpoint bubbles and an ample mousse. Very perfumed scents of apple, blossom and an exotic ylang-ylang nuance. Rich flavors of citrus peel, beer, straw, toast and a gunpowder note. Crisp, beery finish."
93 Points "Among the top sparklers in California, the wine this year is even more smooth and polished. It’s positively French in its classic structure and elegance. Feels ultra-refined in the mouth, with subtle flavors of dough, smoke and fruit."
96 Points Cellar Selection "Bubbly doesn't get much better than this elegant, grand and sumptuous rosé. The color is pale salmon, while aromas showcase an exotic blend of spices and flowers. The flavor is vivid and enticing but not as simple as just saying cherries and ginger. Though this is dry, it's so mature and rich that it almost tastes sweet. A wonderful, ginger-cookie flavor lingers a long time on the finish. This will improve in a cool cellar through at least 2020."
93 Points BEST OF THE YEAR "Roederer Estate winemaker Arnaud Weyrich recalls the lead-up to the 2006 vintage well: Torrential winter rains caused mudslides and floods, and, for a few days, Anderson Valley was virtually cut off the rest of the civilization. That abundant soil moisture led to a bumper crop of plump, healthy berries. L'Ermitage Rosé draws on many of the vintage's choice lots of pinot noir and chardonnay, supported by barrel-aged reserve chardonnay from the 2003 vintage. This leads with leafy scent of barely pinot noir, autumnal and quiet, supported by a delicate toasty impression from seven years on its lees in bottle. With air, it blooms from cherry tomato skin and herbs into more lifted territory, suggesting red raspberries and rose petals, the fruit gaining plumpness and depth without losing its firm, vinous structure. It's a savory sparkling wine to decant or age, and it would provide a perfect partner for gently smoked salmon."
91 Points Top Wine "A pink bubbly that's both serious and a lot of fun. Lovely aromas of rose petal and strawberry lead to layered and succulent, but impeccably dry, flavors of cherry, citrus and cinnamon that finish on a crisp, minerally note."
94 Points "The winery’s top rosé is a Chardonnay-Pinot Noir blend. It shows equal parts limes, pears, strawberries and raspberries, reflecting its parentage. What lifts it to greatness is the structure, so refined and creamy, rich in acidity, with a yeasty bitterness. It has that hard to define quality of finesse that makes it gorgeous to drink now with the finest foods."
95 Points "The result is a rosé that has flavor depth without tasting fruity. It achieves the stylistic goals of Roederer’s wines from Champagne: freshness and finesse. This wine is delicate, with hints of caramel, subtle earthy complexity and fruit depth to balance it. Fine bubbles carry the flavors on a clean line. Classical, if such a thing can be said of a California sparkling wine."
Top 100 Wines of 2010: "While Roederer's nonvintage Rosé is impressive, this is only the second release of a limited top pink version (1999 was the previous). After nearly a year, it has finally softened into an opulent, deep thing: full of strawberry skin, peach, stoic white mineral, and hints of deeper red fruit and sweet dough. Subtle, precise flavors that outpace many far more expensive Champagnes."
95 Points Best Sparkling Wine "...racy, as well as delicate, layered, savory and gently sweet. ...This is a breakthrough wine for California...Don't miss it."
95 Points "[...] it is delicate and precise as a fine Champagne, but rather than being grounded in Kimmeridgean limestone, it’s marked by the coastal, forested hills of Mendocino. This is also one of our 100 Best Wines of the Year—for its own refreshing reasons."
93 Points "L'Ermitage Rosé 2003 ... has delicate floral aromas of strawberry and peach, but also deep, opulent raspberry, toasty vanilla and mineral flavors."
94 points "This is as fine a rosé sparkling wine as has ever been produced in California. Almost 50-50 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, it has rich flavors of cherries, raspberries, vanilla, toast and creamy lees, in the style of Champagne, and is completely dry and very crisp in acidity."
Recommended -- A Top "The top rosé-and one of the best sparkling wines of the year overall-is the Roederer Estate Brut Rosé Anderson Valley L'Ermitage 2003...The 2003 is a prime example of what makes rosé so appealing. It's rich yet delicate, with graceful aromas of strawberry, peach and yeast and flavors that build complexity, finishing with an opulent texture and toasty vanilla and mineral notes."
"I'm really into California sparkling wines. I love when you pour the glass and sniff the bubbles coming off carrying that yeast smell. Roederer is the one I go for when I splurge." -- Bill Niman
"...it's layered with ripe strawberry and white stone aromas, deeper red fruit and apricot skin flavors, edged with a bit of sweet shortbread dough. Will keep improving."
3 Stars "Floral hints, with fresh strawberry and caramel. A hint of sweetness in the mix, but it's lively, with precision and a fruity ending."
94 Points "The first ever blush vintage bubbly from this winery, this could be the greatest brut rosé ever made in California. With 46% Pinot Noir, the wine is full-bodied and rich in vanilla-tinged strawberry flavors, with yeasty, pastry-dough finish. High acidity. Toast with this beauty now or in 10 years; it has a long life ahead."
Highlighted as a top tasting room in Northern California: "This remote outpost of a top Champagne house is friendly but focused on wines; they serve their brut from magnum so you can compare the effect of larger bottles. * Good for connoisseurs * Fee for tasting * Tour available"
Winemaker to Watch: "Although Roederer Estate's nonvintage sparkling wine has long been regarded as one of the best in the country, in the last few years, when Weyrich took over, the bubbly has become even more impressive in its balance and finesse."
A producer of "very good sparkling wine at excellent prices"
Excellence in Water Quality Improvement and Protection
Certificate of Recog Recognizing Dedication to Environmental Stewardship and Improvement
Johnny Schmitt, owner and chef at the Boonville Hotel in Anderson Valley, recommended visiting Roederer Estate.
“The first barrage in the invasion of California by French Champagne producers also took place in the 1970s, and eventually included such famous names as Moët & Chandon, Piper-Heidsieck, Mumm, Deutz and Roederer. Despite all their expertise, only Roederer Estate, in the Anderson Valley, has consistently produced great sparkling wines.”
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