Wine of the Week

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley NV Brut

Since we are heading for the start of a new year, I think it only appropriate that I review a nice bubbly.  If you're a reader of my blog you know how much I love sparkling wines and especially French Champagne.  While I would normally make this "Wine of the Week" about a great Champagne, I did manage to come across a perennial favorite of mine, which just so happens to be made by a French Champagne house but in Anderson Valley California.

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The interesting part of this review is that the wine I am reviewing, the Roederer Estate Anderson Valley NV Brut, comes from one of my favorite French Champagne houses, that being Louis Roederer.  Now I could have just as easily written about that sparkler, and is a beautiful wine in its own right, but I wanted to find something priced a little more for the everyday budget without compromising quality.

December has always been a time for the wine shops to do their sparkling tastings and this year was no different.  Having been to a number of them, I found lots to add to my cellar, I ran into this favorite again and was taken back by the gorgeous flavor of the wine.

Made from 100% Estate fruit, this blend of 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir reminds me so much of their French counterpart.  I'm a big fan whenever I get a little of what I call and others consider that "brioche" flavor.  Combine that with nice fruit and a minerality driven finish, AND that you can get it usually around $20, I actually got it for $16.99 on sale, this makes the perfect wine for parties or maybe that Sunday brunch coming up.

This sparkler has received continuous 90 and 91 Point reviews from Wine Spectator and is almost always rated a "Smart Buy."  I like to stock up on sparkling as it is also one of the most versatile wines out there.  It can be drunk with almost anything, or alone.  

Shouldn't be too hard to find this one as I've seen it around at numerous shops.  

Lastly, I won't be having a "Wine of the Week" next week as I have a feeling, or should I say I might not be feeling anything, that New Years may require a little more recovery.

Happy New Year!    Cheers