Roederer Estate Brut Rose
Rosé from North Coast, California
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Alcohol By Volume: 12.0%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
The Roederer Estate Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and a fine, persistent mousse. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity that balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.
"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."
"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."
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"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.
Normally not a fan of anything rose, this sparkling wine from California sets itself apart from others in its price category. By keeping the skins on Pinot just long enough to give it some color, you also get more body and flavor making this a very interesting wine by itself or with food. Mike's Wine Rating Color 1-3: 3 Nose 1-4: 3 Taste 1-8: 5 Overall 1-5: 4 TOTAL : 15
I've had many other champagnes at the same price point that surpass this offering and others still that cost less that do the same. Try Mumms, Gloria Ferrer, instead.
Champagnes and sparkling wines are overpriced to begin with. But I enjoy the bubbly to another run of the mill white varietal. What I like most about this sparkling, aside from the great price, is the quality of the bubbles. It feels more like a top shelf champagne. It's very dry and the bubbles have a velvety quality. The flavor is very refined although if you are looking for the exotic notes of a Cliquot or similar, perhaps this isn't as much so. Personally, I prefer it to Cliquot. It's much better than Gloria Ferrer, Feuillat, Mums and any of the others under $40. I even prefer it to the Moets et al in the $50-60 range. If I had more to spend, I'd probably go for the Louis Roederers which I think are the wonderful as well. The Roederers just do it right.
Learn About Roederer Estate Map It
The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley that is home to their family-owned estate's 600 acres of vineyards. This protected valley in Northern California provides the ideal ripening conditions for their 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.
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Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different - both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
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Learn About Rosé
Some Champagne and sparkling wine is pink. It's more rare, and more robust, and sometimes more expensive. But
one of those wines that is just deliciously appealing. The pink color in a rose sparkler comes from the skins -
means that the wine must include at least one of the red grapes of the traditional method -
Pinot Noir or Pinot...
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