Scharffenberger Champagne Blend Mendocino County Brut NV

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Scharffenberger Cellars was founded in 1981 with the commitment to making ultra premium sparkling wines, which are today established among America's finest. Winemaker Notes The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit forward nose (cherry and plum) combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of lychee nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors. Winemaking Scharffenberger Brut is made by the traditional methode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The wine is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. With this type of vineyard selection, it allows us to produce our trademark cuvee from the best local vineyards. Technical Information Blend: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay Wine Alcohol: 12% pH Level: 2.95 Residual Sugar: 1.0% Number of Cases Produced: 25,000 Price: $19

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Member Reviews for Scharffenberger Champagne Blend Mendocino County Brut

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Snooth User: babylon67
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3.50 5
09/26/2008

Yeasty with apple-ish tones. Great bargain bubbly.


Snooth User: Adam Levin
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3.50 5
03/17/2009

Good value for a sparkler. Lemon and apple tones. Very dry and drinkable. A great pairing with oysters.


Snooth User: Philip James
112,549
3.50 5
04/11/2009

Light floral nose. Delicate yeast, buscuit and dried petals. Tart dry finish of gooseberries and quince. Very good value. Worked well as a Kir Royale style cocktail with Domaine de Canton's ginger liquor


Snooth User: genevievegrant
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2.50 5
03/18/2009

Good value. Very dry and has many citrus tones.


Snooth User: pb271579
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3.50 5
08/19/2010

Good for the dollars... Dry, clean, and easy to drink. Plus Scharffenberger is fun to say. No? Buy this instead of Korbel.


Snooth User: membership
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2.00 5
05/22/2009

Two glasses


External Reviews for Scharffenberger Champagne Blend Mendocino County Brut

External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Distinctive for its baked pear, orange zest and spice notes with crisp apple and lemon flavors blended nicely, adding richness on the finish. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Pale straw appearance. Medium-bodied. Moderately extracted. Roasted coffee, smoke, citrus fruits. Rich, roasted aromas have a smoky accent. Gernerous smoky citrus flavors expand on the palate and persist through the finish. Showing nice development.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
10/09/2012

Bright aromas of green apple and lime lead to vibrant, layered flavors of citrus, anise and creamy vanilla. Drink now.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Emits toast and yeast on the nose, but the fruit has a bit of a green edge. Still, it has pleasant nut, fig and citrus qualities.


External Review
01/29/2009

90 PTS, THE 100 BEST VALUES OF THE YEAR, WINE & SPIRITS. The non-vintage Scharffenberger Brut is yeasty and dry in style; emphasizes broad richness of flavor; gives a soft, round impression.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
05/19/2011

Medium light body. Medium acid and fruit. Honey, flowers, lemons, herbs. Very fine and elegant, nicely balanced, with a mouth- watering citrus twist. Quite similar to French Champagne.


External Review
Source: Premium Wine & Spirits
09/19/2011

Pretty and clear, this Brut balances complex lemon and toast with a slight caramel character on the nose. The wine really shines on the palate, where rich berry character comes through. Quite dry, with persistent flavors. John Scharffenberger has taken this winery a long way with the infusion of capital from the French firm of Lanson/Pommery. He continues his strong showing in the Competition with three silver medals this year.


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Scharffenberger Cellars was founded in 1981 with the commitment to making ultra premium sparkling wines, which are today established among America's finest. Winemaker Notes The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit forward nose (cherry and plum) combined with one-third Chardonnay which adds the tropical expression of lychee nut and mango. The 100% malolactic fermentation adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors. Winemaking Scharffenberger Brut is made by the traditional methode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. The wine is approximately two-thirds Pinot Noir and one-third Chardonnay and undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. With this type of vineyard selection, it allows us to produce our trademark cuvee from the best local vineyards. Technical Information Blend: 65% Pinot Noir, 35% Chardonnay Wine Alcohol: 12% pH Level: 2.95 Residual Sugar: 1.0% Number of Cases Produced: 25,000 Price: $19

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