White - Sparkling

N.V. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Champagne Blend

  • USA
  • > California
  • > North Coast
  • > Mendocino County
Drink between 2012 - 2014
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Community Tasting Notes 30

  • mazik wrote: (85 points)

    August 28, 2014 - Somewhat generic yeasty-toasty bubbly, nice enough as an aperitif.

  • bboard Likes this wine:

    August 20, 2014 - Bottle disgorged Apr 2013.
    Really enjoy this sparkling (probably due to the 40% Pinot Noir). Darker Yellow color, initial fruits follow by good intensity & complexity in the mouth, med+ long finish. Offers more than the price, great QPR. Personal preference/bia over 100% chardonnay sparklings. Need to buy more of same disgorgement date to experience aging over time.

  • mwneil Likes this wine: (88 points)

    July 25, 2014 - Decent sparkling wine with good flavor, nice fruit and acid, medium body. Some complexity but missing something. Would drink again.

  • alabunka wrote: (86 points)

    June 16, 2014 - decent bubbly that's good for mixing in a punch or a mimosa but I think we would prefer the Gruite from New Mexico for such fare...

  • mwneil Likes this wine: (88 points)

    June 14, 2014 - VG sparkling wine. Drank with cheese and oysters. Fruity but dry and medium bodied. A decent value.

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  • By Julia Harding, MW
    10/1/2013 (link)

    (NV Scharffenberger, Excellence Brut NV Mendocino White) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jul/Aug 2013, Issue #46, The Annual Champagne and Sparkling Wine Report Summer of 2013

    (NV Scharffenberger “Brut Excellence” NV (Anderson Valley)) Subscribe to see review text.

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  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/27/2013 (link) **** points

    (NV Scharffenberger Brut Excellence Mendocino County) Aptly named, this excellent, well priced sparkler brings abundant notes of brioche, apple, and creamy spices. It’s tart with abundant spice flavors.

  • By Sean Sullivan
    12/29/2011 (link) **** points

    (NV Scharffenberger Brut Excellence Mendocino) Appealing aromatics of yeast, lemon, apples, and raspberries. On the palate the wine has a weighted, textured feel with fine grained bubbles. Finishes tart and dry. A superb wine for this price point. 66% Chardonnay, 34% Pinot Noir. 12% alcohol. 1.0% Residual Sugar. 25,000 cases produced.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type White - Sparkling
  • Producer Scharffenberger
  • Varietal Champagne Blend
  • Designation Brut Excellence
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country USA
  • Region California
  • SubRegion North Coast
  • Appellation Mendocino County
  • UPC Code 097546002001

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 3 (1%)
  • In Cellars 202 (43%)
  • Consumed 266 (56%)

Food Pairing

Black-eyed peas for New Year!

Who Likes This Wine

94% Like It  16 votes