N.V. Roederer Estate Brut Rose

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 93
Connoisseurs' Guide: 90
Sparkling Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :

"A delicate and floral pink, with rose petal and strawberry aromas and pretty, crisp apple and spiced cinnamon flavors. Drink now. -T.F." (WS)

"The current release of the NV Brut Rosé is made up mainly of fruit from the 2015 vintage and is a blend of 55% Pinot Noir and 45% Chardonnay. It was made with about nine grams per liter dosage and was disgorged in March of 2019. Pale salmon-pink in color, it has a lively nose of red berries, crushed stone, musk melon, floral hints and citrus peel and a bright and fresh palate with loads of perfumed red berries and energetic mousse, finishing long and uplifted. 11,000 cases produced." (WA)

"GOOD VALUE, Keenly fruity and redolent of fresh Rainer cherries in both scent and taste and enriched with a well-measured complement of toasty autolysis throughout, this lovely Brut Rosé is charged with a very fine and sustained, marvelously mouthfilling mousse, and, for all of its considerable fruity volume and yeasty complexity, it is uncannily graceful and light on its feet. It has the richness to stand up to fairly flavorful entrees ranging from the likes of salmon to roast duck to pork cutlets finished with a creamy sauce but, at the same time, it is so polished and neatly balanced as to be equally satisfying without food. Reviewed: December 2020" (CG)

Winery Notes:
The Roederer Estate Rosé is a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay. For color, the winemaker prepares a small portion of Pinot Noir with extended maceration and adds about five percent to the blend before secondary fermentation, imparting a subtle salmon hue. Both the 60/40 blend and addition of the small amount of red wine create a charming wine of discreet finesse.

Winemaker Notes:
The Roederer Estate Rosé is full and round with smooth flavors and fine persistent bubbles. The extra measure of Chardonnay contributes elegance and austerity, which balance nicely with the delicate fruitiness of the Pinot Noir.

As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate's reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used; no premiere or deuxieme taille. The wine is then fermented at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in high-grade stainless steel tanks. Five percent Pinot Noir is added for color prior to secondary fermentation; no malolactic fermentation is used. Oak-aged reserve wines from the Estate's cellars make up 10 to 20 percent of the Rosé cuvée.