Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Rosé Excellence

Mendocino County, California, United States

Vintage:Non-Vintage (Current)

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Scharffenberger Cellars Brut Rosé Excellence non-vintage
  • WE 92
  • WE 90
  • W&S 90
  • JS 90


90 Points

April 2022, James Suckling

“A sparkling wine with lots of strawberry and cherry aromas, as well as pear and apple undertones. It’s full-bodied with a fine-grained, creamy texture. Light cotton-candy character in the aftertaste. Yummy is the word. Drink now.”

Wine & Spirits

90 Points

August 2021, Josh Greene

“Lasting in its gentle scents of apples, buttered toast and green tea, this is a pretty wine without grand ambitions. There’s refinement to the hints of wild strawberry flavor and a smoothness to the finish.”

Wine Enthusiast

92 Points, #68 Top 100 Wines of 2019

December 31, 2019, Jim Gordon

“This crisp and classy wine tastes dry, tight but complex from the persimmon and raspberry aromas to the lively white-raspberry and white-peach flavors. It has taut acidity balanced by touches of spicy maturity that keep it interesting through the lingering finish.”

Wine Enthusiast

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.”


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.


All of our wines are made in the two-step méthode traditionnelle process where the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. To accomplish this, a small amount of cane sugar and yeast are added to the base blend on its way into bottle. Inside the capped bottle, the yeast will consume the sugar and create carbon dioxide necessary for bubbles. Trapped inside the bottle, the carbon dioxide slowly infuses into the wine to create the fine sparkle known the world over. 

Since the beginning, while not required, approximately 80% of our wine undergoes malolactic fermentation. This secondary fermentation converts malic acid, the tart acid found in a green apple, to lactic acid, the soft creamy acid found in dairy. This technique is a signature of the Scharffenberger style and contributes to the rich and creamy texture of our wine.

Every year, through fractional blending (also known as solera) the reserve wine adds a new chapter to the story of Scharffenberger Cellars. On average, 12% of reserve wine is added to our non-vintage blends, which helps define the classic and consistent flavors and aromas of our sparkling wines. This added layer of complexity ensures that our wines tell the story of our past and current vintages. A portion of the reserve wine is also used in our dosage following disgorgement.

To further the depth of texture, flavors and aromas, every bottle ages a minimum of 24 months on the lees before leaving the winery. Prior to release, the bottles will be riddled (collecting the lees in the neck of the bottle), disgorged (expelling the yeast), topped off with the desired dosage (sweetened reserve wine), and aged on the cork for 6 months.

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.

Tasting Notes

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.

Technical Information

Varietals: 55% Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir

Wine Alcohol: 12%