Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2004
Vintage Sparkling Wine from North Coast, California
The 2003 vintage of this wine was ranked #55 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 2011
Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of "tarte tatin:" baked apples and buttery crust, with notes of apricot and delicate vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is creamy, expresses flavors of quince and bread crust, with a clean and crisp yet long finish.
Wine Enthusiast - "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."
Wine Spectator - "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. 3,000 cases made."
Wine & Spirits - "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 yeasty maturity measures that fruit into an enticing aroma, while the citrus underpinning of chardonnay lengthens the flavor keeping the structuretight and fine. A light, crisp vintage of L'Ermitage, this would be delicious with poached salmon. "
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Roederer Estate Winery
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. View all Roederer Estate Wines
About North CoastView a map of North Coast wineries
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.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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2 ratings, 1 with reviewSteven Waldren - Olathe, KS47/2/201442/21/2014Outstanding, great value and really good complexity and balance. Mouthwatering acidity at the end keeps you coming back for more and this is a fantastic food wine with great apple and toast/yeast flavors. Perhaps not the 97 it was given by Wine Enthusiast, but clearly in the upper echelon of the very best american made sparkling wine ever. Very French in style, elegance and overall experience. Hard to believe this is 10 years old, as it taste extremely fresh. Steve from the trellis. Talesfromthetrellis.com
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.
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