White - Sparkling

N.V. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence

Champagne Blend

  • USA
  • California
  • North Coast
  • Mendocino County
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Community Tasting Notes 48

  • Ben Christiansen wrote:

    February 8, 2016 - Crisp and bright, very much shows the Chardonnay, crisp and brilliant, works it out at $20 or so. The chocolate maker who sold it to Cliquot. The estate borders the Roederer estate in America. The big difference between the two is full malolactic here where as the Roederer is no malolactic.

  • indiscriminate palate wrote: (87 points)

    December 25, 2015 - Too good for mimosas. A little toasty, citrus, rich. Nice value.

  • jsherdc Likes this wine: (89 points)

    December 17, 2015 - Toasty. Bitter finish but in a good way. Was better last time.

  • camben Likes this wine:

    November 23, 2015 - Its hard to beat this for the price and overall crowd pleasing qualities. It has rich nicely defined fruit but stays taught and elegant.
    excellent value/party bubs

  • maxima wrote: (88 points)

    September 6, 2015 - Un très beau mousseux Américain.
    De belles notes de brioche et de citron confit, vif et frais et assez long, délicieux.
    Top RQP!

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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.

Washington Wine Report

  • 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 0 (0%)
  • In Cellars 286 (37%)
  • Consumed 480 (63%)

Food Pairing

Black-eyed peas for New Year!, cassoulet rechauffee

Who Likes This Wine

97% Like It  31 votes