Monday, November 24, 2008

An alternative sparkler.

Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, Brut Rose, NV. In Magnum!!

Let's celebrate with magnums this week! I really like Roederer as an alternative to Champagne. 

From the website: 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.

Also, no malo-lactic fermentation, spends 2 years on the less and this is not methode champenoise! It's made in tank which allows the price to be cheaper than REAL rose Champagne. Still, I find this wine fruity and fun with notes of cherry, vanilla and graham crackers, but still bone dry and ready to drink. 

Go get 'em boys and girls! In this economy who can afford to drink Champagne anyway??? And with the car companies going bust we need a new industry here and I vote for Sparkling Wine. YES WE CAN! 

$49.99 at Sepulveda Wine Co. in Manhattan Beach. 

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