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 VintageN.V. Label 1 of 18 
TypeWhite - Sparkling
ProducerRoederer Estate (web)
VarietyChampagne Blend
DesignationBrut
Vineyardn/a
CountryUSA
RegionCalifornia
SubRegionNorth Coast
AppellationAnderson Valley
OptionsShow variety and appellation
UPC Code(s)019855282004, 097546101001, 097546102008, 097546104002

Drinking Windows and Values
Drinking window: Drink between 2009 and 2012 (based on 124 user opinions)
Wine Market Journal quarterly auction price: See Roederer Estate Brut on the Wine Market Journal.

Community Tasting History

Community Tasting Notes (average 88.8 pts. and median of 89 pts. in 836 notes) - hiding notes with no text

 Tasted by jkndogwine on 6/29/2015 7:00:00 AM & rated 91 points: Bready, yeasty with apricot notes. Very enjoyable (455 views)
 Tasted by coremill on 6/12/2015 & rated 86 points: Rich and round, with spicy red apple and biscuit, noticeable dosage, and juuuust enough acidity to make it drinkable. I prefer my sparkling wines with more acidity and more bracing than this, but it avoids that metallic hollow character found in a lot of cheap sparking wine and I imagine this would be a big crowd pleaser. Held up well over four days in the fridge, showing drier and more citrusy over time. (828 views)
 Tasted by feng99 on 6/2/2015: Sour, not impressive (854 views)
 Tasted by soyhead on 5/8/2015: nice bubbly, limited notes but overall a favorable impression of this domestic sparkler, which is saying something (1353 views)
 Tasted by Lowridenn on 5/5/2015 & rated 91 points: Fine bubbles, mousse-like. Stone fruit, light citrus, a yeasty, bread note. Some residual sugar that is balanced quite nicely by a streak of acidity. Good as before. Great fantastic QPR. From 375ml. (1456 views)
 Tasted by JCGuthrie on 5/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Enjoyed this, particularly at the price point. Drank out of 375ml. (1249 views)
 Tasted by PinotPaul on 3/15/2015 & rated 89 points: Solid sparkling as usual. (1592 views)
 Tasted by egh on 3/15/2015 & rated 89 points: One of the highlights from a QPR ($25 or less) themed tasting event. Crisp, clean, fresh, fruit forward, light, and easy drinking with citrus and green apple notes. (2217 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 3/14/2015 & rated 92 points: Lemon, dough, spice and citrus. Medium plus finish. Wow! (1470 views)
 Tasted by KGV&PAV on 3/8/2015: Very nice - especially on the finish (1255 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 3/1/2015 & rated 91 points: Delivers every time and right there with most $30-$50 French. Balanced and north coast fresh with a range of flavors and depth you just can't get anywhere for under $20. (1834 views)
 Tasted by djhegarty on 2/28/2015 & rated 91 points: Disgorged in 2013, incredibly fresh with green apple and green pear to go along with a yeasty, biscuity note. Incredible for the price, drank alongside Piper-Heidsieck and this outshone it by a wide margin. (830 views)
 Tasted by chablis28 on 2/21/2015 & rated 92 points: The always easy decision to open, go to, sparkler. If push came to shove I could almost drink this sparkler, dare I say "champagne" exclusively. Balanced in every way with a great range of flavors from; bread dough, stones, to citrus, spice to faint trop buttressed by perfect acidity. Drinks like $35+ but I always find it for between $17-$20. (1168 views)
 Tasted by jaredoco on 2/14/2015 & rated 88 points: Always reliable (603 views)
 Tasted by Wine Sparty on 2/14/2015 & rated 89 points: Drank with appetizers of cheese, meat and bread. I liked it with some nice yeastiness and had a bit of sweetness to it. (683 views)
 Tasted by Anthony Lombardi on 2/13/2015 & rated 91 points: Pop & pour. Clear light gold. Nose shows a little yeast, some citrus & orchard fruit. Medium bodied, a touch on the sweet side, but overall a very nice fruity take on domestic sparkling. (1254 views)
 Tasted by jgkost on 2/6/2015 & rated 84 points: All yeast, nothing else... (686 views)
 Tasted by millesime66 on 1/31/2015 & rated 90 points: Encore et toujours depuis des années LA référence en mousseux de Californie. À s'y méprendre avec un Champagne... (1031 views)
 Tasted by ecola on 1/28/2015 & rated 87 points: Soft mouthfeel, subtle earth and white fruit flavors. Very mild profile on all fronts. (756 views)
 Tasted by rocknroller on 1/25/2015 & rated 89 points: Light gold color. Drank several glasses over an hour. Another fine showing, fresh, crisp citrus and apple, some melon, good minerals, balanced and very clean. It's always fun to see people who don't always like sparklers light up when they try this. Excellent QPR as usual.. (1459 views)
 Tasted by ScottGoodwin on 1/24/2015 & rated 90 points: Nose is pretty toasty. Baked apple and pear. Touch of cinnamon. Mousse is pretty vibrant. Creamy with a nice balance of acidity. (691 views)
 Tasted by sunalsorises on 1/12/2015 & rated 88 points: A bit light on the finish. Very fizzy. (763 views)
 Tasted by pimpdaddy2kool on 1/6/2015 & rated 90 points: Probably the best and most consistent domestic sparkler under $20. (737 views)
 Tasted by phils_hobby on 1/4/2015 & rated 90 points: Lots of bubbles, not as flavorful as the higher priced versions (1600 views)
 Tasted by wineglas on 1/1/2015 & rated 88 points: A bit off from the last bottle with orange peel, lemon and spice. Short to medium finish. I am almost wondering if the distributor was running these around in the negative temps with no regard for the sake of the wine. Wouldn't surprise me in our market. (1492 views)
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Professional 'Channels'
By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, May/Jun 2014, Issue #51, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report: Augmented This Year By a Week on The Ground in Champagne (5/1/2014)
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By John Gilman
View From the Cellar, Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013
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By Josh Raynolds
Vinous, May/June 2012, IWC Issue #162
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By Brad Baker
Champagne Warrior, April 2009, Issue #2, Sparkling Wine Tasting Notes
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i-WineReview.com, Report 14: Sparkling Wines and Champagne (1/15/2009)
(NV Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Brut Anderson Valley) Subscribe to see review text.
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (12/27/2013)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) A very pretty aroma profile speckled with oak spices and lemon curd. The palate is lighter in style, fruit filled with abundant barrel spices.  *** 1/2 points
By Sean Sullivan
Washington Wine Report (12/28/2012)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling Wine Anderson Valley) From the moment you pop the cork, you can smell this aromatic sparker which is woven with fresh baked bread notes, yeast, pear, and spices. The oak ageing here provides the palate with a bit of extra richness and depth leading to a lingering finish. An outstanding sparkling wine at this price.  **** points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (2/26/2009)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) Yeasty, lime cream nose; nice, bright lime, lemon cream palate with good acidity; short finish  89 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (6/9/2007)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) Biscuit, apple nose; apple, stone fruit palate with great acidity; medium finish  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/12/2005)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) Oatmeal, earthy nose; citrus, grapefruit palate with good acidity; short-medium finish (70% Chardonnay, 30% Pinot Noir)  91 points
By Richard Jennings
RJonWine.com (8/12/2005)
(NV Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley) From magnum - a little more balanced and mellow from magnum, with a bright orange note on finish 91+ pts.  91 points
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Roederer Estate

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Champagne Blend

The typical champagne blend is of three grapes - Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. Wines labeled as 'Blanc de Blancs' are by definition all Chardonnay, and wines labeled as 'Blanc de Noirs' contain Pinot Noir, Meunier or both in the blend.

There are how ever three additional grape varieties planted (Arbane, Petit Meslier and Pinot Blanc) and used in Champagne, they could be called legacy grapes and do not represent significant portion of the grapes used (<0.01%?). It is not permitted to plant more of these varieties.

However, sparkling wines that are not Champagne (i.e. not grown in the area legally allowed that name in France) may be made of several other grapes, too. For example, Markko Vineyards 'Excelsior' was given the name 'Champagne' with tongue-in-cheek, as the winemaker has embarked on a program to educate his consumers away from the use of the 'C' word. This wine is actually made like many German Sekts, from Riesling.

Brut

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweetness_of_wine

USA

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California

California Wines (Wine Institute of California)

California is one of the most diverse wine regions in the world, with almost 100 grape varieties grown in over 100 viticultural areas, including dozens of ­different microclimates and soil types, as well as a very individualistic set of ­winemakers, many with international experience, which adds to and deepens that diversity.

North Coast

The North Coast American Viticultural Area (AVA) in California, covering more than three million acres, includes Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and portions of Marin and Solano counties. (see The Wine Institute for more information)

Anderson Valley


http://www.avwines.com/anderson-valley-appellation-map/ Anderson Valley stretches from Yorkville Highlands (located in a highland meadow straddling the upper Rancheria Creek and upper Dry Creek watersheds) through Boonville (located on Anderson Creek) and Philo (located on Indian Creek) to Navarro (located on Soda Creek). Rancheria, Anderson, Indian and Soda creeks are tributaries to the Navarro River, which flows north and west through the coastal range to the Pacific Ocean; Dry Creek flows south into the Russian River watershed in Sonoma County. The main stem of the Navarro River begins less than a mile south of Philo at the confluence of Anderson Creek and Rancheria Creek. The mouth of the Navarro is 10 miles (16 km) south of Mendocino, California. Encompassing 315 square miles (816 km²), the Navarro River watershed is the largest coastal basin in Mendocino County.

Such unique geography results in a wide diurnal range, with daily high and low temperatures occasionally diverging 40 or 50 degrees. This enables Pinot Noir growers to keep acid development in line with sugar and flavor formation through long, warm Indian summers. It also makes for superb Gewurztraminer and Riesling, giving rise to the valley’s annual Alsatian Varietals and Pinot Noir festivals.

The climate in the Anderson Valley appellation is tempered by cool marine air. Steep hills and mountains surround rolling to nearly level alluvial terraces. The dominant natural vegetation is a mixed forest of Coast Redwood, various native oak varieties, and Douglas-fir. Elevation ranges from sea level to 2,500 feet (760 m). The average annual precipitation ranges from 35 to 80 inches (900 to 2000 mm). The average annual temperature is about 53 °F (12 °C), and the average frost-free season ranges from 220 to 365 days. Towards the coast the summers are cool and moist with frequent fog, while the interior Anderson Valley proper features a warm to hot summer climate similar to nearby interior regions, with daytime highs occasionally in excess of 100 °F (38 °C).

Visitors to the Valley should come prepared for cool evenings and warm days. Locals dress in layers year round.


 
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