Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process – whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The wine is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.
The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit (cherry and plum) forward nose combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of litchi nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the yeast lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.
"A delightfully racy sparkler, with tart apple and floral anise aromas leading to zesty lime and lemon flavors,
presenting accents of cinnamon and spicy ginger."
"A delicious Chardonay and Pinot Noir blend from coolly grown Mendocino grapes that is is equal parts golden apple and honey in both aroma and flavor. Creamy from full malolactic fermentation, this sparkler is full-bodied and plenty fruity with a caramel, vanilla tone on the finish. Will pair well with creamy, full-bodied foods."
"This is a pale, dry sparkling wine with a robust pinot noir scent. The yeastiness leaves an impression of smoky richness, with a stony mineral note. Delicious with wood-roasted oysters."
Wine & Spirits
I have no idea how this ended up getting a 90, a 90, and a 92. I smell commercial interests at work in the ratings process. I bought 6 bottles of this stuff and it's just plain ol' nasty. Better to buy gasoline and drink that, or put it in your car.
Well, this one I haven't taken the time to taste. I'm collecting wine. So, this one is in my cellar.
Tried this after reading a review in the NYT and am very glad I did. For the price, and excellent brut, medium bead, slightly yeasty. Needs to be well chilled.