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Roederer Estate L'Ermitage 2006

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750ML / 12.6% ABV
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750ML / 12.6% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Fine tiny bubbles and a long lasting mousse are the usual footprints of the L'Ermitage cuvée. This cuvée is showing great notes of toasted bread crust and quince. The mouthfeel is smooth, velvety, creamy with a well enveloped acidity and long finish.

Blend: 52% Chardonnay, 48% Pinot Noir

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WW 98
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
COMMENTARY: Though I have tasted this wine a couple of times early in its life, my recall remains just a bit fuzzy on how it had performed. Today, it stood out as one of the best in a vertical tasting of L'Ermitage. I kind of recall that I once loved this wine out of a 1.5-liter bottle. The 2006 L'Ermitage has emerged as a magnificent wine. TASTING NOTES: This wine is showing lots of richness, complexity, and length. In many ways, it is more about maturity than fruit. Its aromas and flavors of earth, dust, dried apple peel, and yeast are complete and all-encompassing. Enjoy it with a ripe double crème cow's milk cheese and a freshly baked baguette. (Tasted: April 4, 2018, San Francisco, CA)
WE 97
Wine Enthusiast
This shows minute, slow rising bubbles, and a bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and croissants. The flavors are layered and intricate subtle but rich. Lush texture is supported by fresh acidity and a long and delicate finish. Mature, but not old, it should be great through 2020 and longer.
WS 93
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This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its complexity and sophistication. Delicate brioche and apple aromas lead to long and sleek flavors of spicy hazelnut, lemon and ginger that finish with an impeccably crisp mineral note.
W&S 91
Wine & Spirits
Composed of a near-even balance of chardonnay and pinot noir, this gains richness from barrel-aged wines from the 2003 and 2006 vintages. It lasts on a creamy, fruit-driven impression of spicy pear skin and juicy pear flesh, its texture generous yet airy—a sophisticated sparkling wine to bring to a sushi bar for an omakase dinner.
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Roederer Estate, California
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Founded in 1981, Roederer Estate is nestled in Mendocino County’s fog-shrouded, Anderson Valley. As the California property of Champagne Louis Roederer, Roederer Estate builds upon a centuries-old tradition of fine winemaking. Roederer's unique winemaking style is based on two elements: complete ownership of its vineyards and the addition of oak-aged reserve wines to each year's blend or cuvee to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines.

The crisp, fresh and rich flavors of Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool 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. The blending team is comprised of the winemakers from the California property as well as from Champagne Louis Roederer, ensuring that Roederer Estate remains the most French of the California sparklers.

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Surrounded by redwood forests and often blanketed in chilly, ocean fog, the Anderson Valley is one of California’s most picturesque appellations. During the growing season, moist, cool, late afternoon air flows in from the Pacific Ocean along the Navarro River and over the valley's golden, oak-studded hills. High and low temperatures can vary as much as 40 or 50 degrees within a single day, allowing for slow and gentle ripening of grapes, which will in turn create elegantly balanced wines.

The Anderson Valley is best known for Pinot Noir made in a range of styles from delicate and floral to powerful and concentrated. Chardonnay also shines here, and both varieties are often utilized for the production of some of California’s best traditional method sparkling wines. The region also draws inspiration from Alsace and produces excellent Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

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Representing the topmost expression of a Champagne house, a vintage Champagne is one made from the produce of a single, superior harvest year. Vintage Champagnes account for a mere 5% of total Champagne production and are produced about three times in a decade. Champagne is typically made as a blend of multiple years in order to preserve the house style; these will have non-vintage, or simply, NV on the label. The term, "vintage," as it applies to all wine, simply means a single harvest year.

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