It is very telling that he decided to center his New World sparkling wine venture in the isolated valley. He passed up Napa and Sonoma Counties because he felt the terroir of the Anderson Valley was perfect for his vision.
Mr. Rouzaud’s vineyards are grown in a range of microclimates. He uses only estate grapes. Many discerning palates believe that the winery produces the best sparkling wines in California. Although I have also like some of their rivals, I tend to agree.
The Roederer Estate NV Brut Rose is a delicious wine made with 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. 5% of the Pinot Noir undergoes maceration for color. It is added before the second fermentation.
The Roederer Estate NV Brut is a blend of a recent vintage with oak-aged wine from previous years. All of the grapes are estate grown, giving the winemaker considerable control over production.
The Roederer Estate 1998 L Ermitage Estate is my favorite wine made by the winery. It has a tremendous flavor profile along with refreshing acidity.