Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Rosé Excellence
Mendocino County, California, United States
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
January 15, 2018, SFC Wine Competition
December 31, 2017, Jim Gordon
“Very crisp, refreshing and nicely dry, this light copper-colored wine surrounds a core of fresh raspberry flavors with light spicy nuances and a texture that turns vibrant bubbles into a creamy sensation on the finish.”
August 31, 2017, Tim Fish
“A festive pink sparkler, with lively strawberry and gingerbread flavors.”
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