Roederer Estate L'Ermitage Brut Anderson Valley Chardonnay Blend 2013

$54.99

97 points - new release                                    Roederer Estate's special tête de cuvée, L'Ermitage, is a sparkling wine made only in exceptional years from pre-selected, estate-grown grapes. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer in France, Roederer Estate produces its sparkling wines in the traditional French methode and adds special oak-aged reserve wines to each blend. L'Ermitage debuted with the 1989 vintage and is designed to be California's version of Roederer's "Cristal." Limited. 97 Points Wine Enthusiast "Cellar Selection": "Luxurious and layered, this nicely mature wine has a broad range of complex aromas and flavors, from fig to mushroom to butter and baking spices that ride a supple texture and linger for a long finish. The very fine bead, plush texture and a creamy richness that verges on sweetness are practically irresistible. Best through 2025." 95 Points Wine Spectator: "Extravagant, yet balanced and refined, with lush, crisp brioche, fresh ginger and spice, roasted hazelnut and Asian pear flavors that fan out on the lengthy finish. Drink now through 2020." Wine & Spirits "BEST OF THE YEAR":  "Roederer Estate's Brut is reliably open and delicious, this year's cuvée bursting with concentrated apple flavor. It's clean and dry with a long delicate finish enhanced by the barrel-aged reserve wines that winemaker Arnaud Weyrich blends in. Its bold flavors and vinous texture would be great with cracked crab."

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Ratings on Delectable

Boris Mathiszik Delectable Pro

Excellent vintage of the L’Ermitage. All previous vintages rated 92 points and higher and this one doesn’t disappoint. Minerals, crisp acidity and constrained layers of fruit and white flowers. Extra tasty today as the epitome of American Greatness has been voted out of office.

Excellent vintage of the L’Ermitage. All previous vintages rated 92 points and higher and this one doesn’t disappoint. Minerals, crisp acidity and constrained layers of fruit and white flowers. Extra tasty today as the epitome of American Greatness has been voted out of office.

9.4

Cathy Corison Delectable Pro

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

Blind, called nice Champagne.

Blind, called nice Champagne.

9.2

Lee Lightfoot Delectable Pro

Great balance between toasty and ripe elements.

Great balance between toasty and ripe elements.

9.3

Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. Roederer adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. Fine bubbles, nice mousse with toasty fruit aromas for this Chardonnay & Pinot Noir blend. Flavors of apple and nutty pear, biscuit notes, creamy, great mouthfeel. Long finish ending with nutty mineral notes. Smooth and crisp! Nice!

Founded in 1982, Roederer Estate sparkling wines reflect the cool, fog-shrouded Anderson Valley. Roederer adds oak-aged reserve wines to all their blends to create complex, dry and harmonious sparkling wines. Fine bubbles, nice mousse with toasty fruit aromas for this Chardonnay & Pinot Noir blend. Flavors of apple and nutty pear, biscuit notes, creamy, great mouthfeel. Long finish ending with nutty mineral notes. Smooth and crisp! Nice!

9.2

John Howard Delectable Pro

Harvest production at Hirsch and Cobb Wineries

Dead ringer for a Premier Cru Champs.

Dead ringer for a Premier Cru Champs.

9.2

Keaton Kail

Showing a bit of gold, somehow both chewy and bright.

Showing a bit of gold, somehow both chewy and bright.

9.2

WARNING: DRINKING DISTILLED SPIRITS, BEER, COOLERS, WINE AND OTHER ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES MAY INCREASE CANCER RISK, AND, DURING PREGNANCY, CAN CAUSE BIRTH DEFECTS.