82% Chardonnay, 18% Pinot Noir.
35% fermented in barrel.
Serving this next to another $120 bubbly (2006 Taittinger Comte) I have to judge with both my wallet and preference. Unfortunately that doesn’t fall in the favor of this Schramsberg which showed a bit of reduction notes (noticeably some lead pencil shavings).
No doubt a great US sparkler but not a competitor with great Champagne at this price point. — 9 days ago
From one of Anderson Valley’s most pedigreed sites, FEL achieves a beautiful, broad expression of the Ferrington Vineyard. Notably, FEL, owned by Napa’s Cliff Lede, purchased the famous Savoy Vineyard. This bottling, however, charms with strokes of pomegranate, cola, sarsaparilla, chai, and black cherry concentrate. Medicinal and palate-coating, the wine lingers with autumnal spice. — 4 days ago
This pairing is in honor of my late hero Anthony Bourdain and of the (last ever?) G7 summit being held in Quebec City. I'm pairing this Cali Pinot noir (with rising tariffs in many foreign markets, buy it before prices escalate) with a little light reading for Trump's team on trade (Douglas Irwin is a star trade economist; this is his newly published 800-page history of US trade policy)
But enough pedantry - on, on to the wine: moderately extracted, purple in color, slightly cloudy. Raspberry and hedge notes in nose. Red berry, tutti frutti flavors with a hint of mint, later raspberry, cherry and blueberry, some seed tannins and barrel smoke in mouth. Moderate astringency and seed bitterness in finish. Light citric-lactic tartness in aftertaste. Give it time to open, complex in its crafting but tasty. — 17 days ago
Roederer Estate and Scharffenberger both call Anderson Valley home and together yield some of California’s most consistently delicious and affordable sparkling wines. Of the couple, Scharffenberger vinifies rounder, more lush wines. Flavors of ripe pear skin, white rose, and baked apple find their footing against a backdrop of yeast, cheese rind, and patisserie in the image of Champagne. The perfect wedding reception wine or Tuesday night sparkler for its tremendous quality to cost ratio. — 4 days ago
One of the most consistent values in sparkling wine from the famed Champagne house Louis Roederer's Anderson Valley label. Despite its Champenois pedigree, it’s broad, juicy berry flavors are all California. Red currants, muddled strawberry, pressed mint, grapefruit pith, thyme and crushed stones. Endlessly pleasurable. 56% Pinot Noir, 44% Chardonnay — 8 days ago
Douglas & Ana Lucia Stewart founded Breggo in 2005 before selling the brand four years later. They kept their estate property though, and from it the Lichen label was born. Their 2014 offers amid-weight expression of Anderson Valley Pinot that balances its fleshier frame with aromatic lift. Notes of hibiscus and pressed red rose meet sappier, medicinal tones on the palate - rosemary, underbrush, pomegranate and raspberry liqueur. — 4 days ago
Goldeneye is the Anderson Valley branch of Napa’s Duckhorn, and Gowan Creek has routinely been a favorite among their single vineyard Pinots. Brooding and opulent, it matches blackberry, anise tones with more earthen flavors - tilled soil and mushroom caps. Meaty and gratifying. — 4 days ago