Roederer Estate Champagne Blend Anderson Valley l'Ermitage Brut 2000
Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate Winery is nestled in Mendocino County's cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. This is the California outpost of Champagne Louis Roederer, and the sparkling wines are produced using only Estate-grown grapes from the winery's own vineyards. L'Ermitage is Roederer Estate's special Tete de Cuvee, which has consistently been rated one of California's top sparkling wines since its debut in 1989. This cuvee is fruity with a delicate bread crust note. It has baked apple flavors and a long and round creamy finish.
Awesome vintage sparkling wine done in the classic Champagne style. Rich and creamy with nice toastyness. As I like to say yumtastic. Unlike some champagne the acidity is completely in balance with the rest of the wine. Want to see how this wine will age.
One of the best US sparklers I've had in terms of complexity and finesse. Aromas of hay lead to a palate of creamy lemon, mineral and apple. Very nicely balanced, with small bead and creamy mousse.
Four and a half glasses