Roederer Estate Brut Anderson Valley
It was recently our fifth wedding anniversary. We went to Tofino, (maybe you saw it on my Insta, , anyways, I sent my lovely husband to the liquor store to grab wine for our getaway and when he didn’t come back with something French, I gave him some shit. Why? I don’t know, I was absolutely wrong. This wine was a beautiful choice.
It comes from the Anderson Valley property owned by the Louis roederer estate, a very famous champagne house. The Anderson valley is located in Mendocino county, where the days are long and warm but fog rolls in off the Pacific, cooling the evening temperatures and therefore cooling the grapes. This allows the grapes to mature slowly and fully, keeping the sugar and acid in balance. They then blend oak aged Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (roughly 60/40) into their cuvée, or blend, and ferment in stainless steel tanks. Not using malolactic fermentation keeps the acidity sharp, then the secondary fermentation and ageing on the lees takes place for about two years, softening it.
This beautiful medium bodied wine poured pale lemon yellow in the glass with flex of gold. Notes of sweet green apple, Meyer lemon, fresh Bartlett pear, honey, cardamom, hazelnut and baked marzipan. the mousse was refined, elegant, giving it a luscious mouthfeel. The acidity kept it fresh and bright in the mouth and made you want to keep going back for more.
The fact that we didn’t drink it with fresh oysters is sinful. The minerally, sweet and briny oysters would play well off the sweet lemon and apple. A light, fresh linguine vongole would have been fantastic too. Just a couple great reasons to buy another bottle.
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