Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Rosé Excellence
Mendocino County, California, United States
90 Points, Best of Year 2018
December 31, 2018, Jim Gordon
“This is a mellow, subtle wine that is quietly concentrated and polished. Mild raspberry and cinnamon aromas lead to crisp apple flavors on the palate. It shows good balance and a refreshing mouthfeel that's full of fine bubbles.”
July 31, 2018, Tim Fish
“Lively and fresh, with easygoing strawberry and spice flavors. Drink now. 4,400 cases made.”
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 15, 2018, SFC Wine Competition
Scharffenberger Cellars has been pioneering super premium Mendocino California sparkling wine since 1981, with grapes sourced from Scharffenberger’s own 120 acres of vineyards, as well as select vineyards in Mendocino County. Grapes grown in Mendocino County — an unmatched appellation for sparkling wine — benefit from the cool coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean.
Scharffenberger grapes also enjoy the deep soils and sunshine provided by the protected Anderson Valley. The winery stays true to its original winemaking philosophy, to create stellar quality, delicious sparkling wines that reflect the diversity of the premier Mendocino County viticultural appellation.
Scharffenberger Brut Rosé Excellence is made using the méthode traditionelle process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Most of the base wines undergo malolactic fermentation, which softens and rounds out the blend. The fruit balance and color are achieved by adding between four and five percent of pinot noir wine to the blend before undergoing second fermentation in the bottle.
The wine has a pale salmon hue with integrated aromas of fresh raspberry jam and wild strawberries on a cream covered pastry base. The flavors are layered, round, fresh, fruity and long.
Varietals: 56% Pinot Noir, 44% Chardonnay
Wine Alcohol: 12%
Fermentation: En tirage: two years on the yeast
Cases Produced: 2,890 – 9 Liter cases