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Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Rose 2011

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750ML / 13% ABV
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750ML / 13% ABV

Winemaker Notes

L’Ermitage Rosé 2011 brings complexity and smoothness to a higher level. Aromas of toasted crust, black cherry clafoutis and a hint of caramel: this is dessert in a bottle! The color is the typical delicate copper hues of aged rosé and gives a hint of the finesse and pinot texture enjoyed when tasting this wine.

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W&S 95
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This is the fifth release of L’Ermitage Rosé since its introduction with the 1999 vintage, and the cool 2011 season earned the wine’s third 95-point score. Arnaud Weyrich selects the fruit for this top cuvée from Roederer’s 580-acre vineyard, planted and farmed for sparkling wine. What sets L’Ermitage apart is the purity of its fruit, completely present and yet delicate, a ghosting of raspberry and currant flavor. Weyrich brings out that fruit essence and achieves the color of the wine by blending in a small portion of still wine from pinot noir, taking those grapes through an extended cold soak, then finishing their fermentation off the skins to capture the fruit rather than the tannins. Seven years on the lees has taken that fruit in a savory direction, a gentle evocation of the forest mists of Anderson Valley with an undertow of ethereal raspberry flavor.
WS 93
Wine Spectator
Delicate and maturing beautifully, with rose petal, strawberry, roasted nut and brioche flavors that sail on the elegant finish. Drink now.
RP 93
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Pale salmon-pink, the 2011 L'Ermitage Brut Rosé opens with notes of toast, cantaloupe, red berries and citrus peel with accents of mushroom and a touch of iodine. The palate is medium-bodied with elegant, toasty fruits, finely beaded mousse and a long finish that’s juicy enough to call you in for another sip. This was disgorged in March of 2017 and made with about eight grams per liter dosage.
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Roederer Estate, California
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Founded in 1982, 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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What are the different types of sparkling rosé wine?

Rosé sparkling wines like Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and others make a fun and festive alternative to regular bubbles—but don’t snub these as not as important as their clear counterparts. Rosé Champagnes (i.e., those coming from the Champagne region of France) are made in the same basic way as regular Champagne, from the same grapes and the same region. Most other regions where sparkling wine is produced, and where red grape varieties also grow, also make a rosé version.

How is sparkling rosé wine made?

There are two main methods to make rosé sparkling wine. Typically, either white wine is blended with red wine to make a rosé base wine, or only red grapes are used but spend a short period of time on their skins (maceration) to make rosé colored juice before pressing and fermentation. In either case the base wine goes through a second fermentation (the one that makes the bubbles) through any of the various sparkling wine making methods.

What gives rosé Champagne and sparkling wine their color and bubbles?

The bubbles in sparkling wine are formed when the base wine undergoes a secondary fermentation, which traps carbon dioxide inside the bottle or fermentation vessel. During this stage, the yeast cells can absorb some of the wine’s color but for the most part, the pink hue remains.

How do you serve rosé sparkling wine?

Treat rosé sparkling wine as you would treat any Champagne, Prosecco, Cava, and other sparkling wine of comparable quality. For storing in any long-term sense, these should be kept at cellar temperature, about 55F. For serving, cool to about 40F to 50F. As for drinking, the best glasses have a stem and a flute or tulip shape to allow the bead (bubbles) and beautiful rosé hue to show.

How long do rosé Champagne and sparkling wine last?

Most rosé versions of Prosecco, Champagne, Cava or others around the “$20 and under” price point are intended for early consumption. Those made using the traditional method with extended cellar time before release (e.g., Champagne or Crémant) can typically improve with age. If you are unsure, definitely consult a wine professional for guidance.

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