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Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley


Name of wine: Roederer Estate Brut Rosé NV Anderson Valley {EAV:ac9606259801e5e3}

(60% Pinot Noir 40% Chardonnay, Anderson Valley AVA, Mendocino County, California) Alcohol 12%

100% Estate grown.  5200 cases.

Price paid:  $22  Buy Now

Where purchased:  Vino!, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  Looks and smells very inviting.  Picture perfect bottle, label, color, and fizz.  From the coppery foil on the bottle to the pleasant smell and wonderful color.  Very refreshing too.  Like off-dry, artisanal grapefruit soda!  Tasted September 4, 2012.

Color:  Salmony-peach color with lively bubbles.

Nose:  Pleasant, slight yeast detected.  A delicate nose.

Palate:  Pink grapefruit and citrus with mouth filling bubbles.  Some acidity in the finish.  Off-dry.

Food:  I could celebrate and toast this one all night long.  Absolutely pair with fresh oysters on the half shell as well.

Winemaker notes:

Roederer Estate has been producing wines in Anderson valley since 1982.  The estate was founded by Champange Louis Roederer has a 200-year in history in France.

From the Roederer Estate website:

“As with all Roederer Estate wines, the Brut Rosé is comprised of 100 percent estate-grown grapes. Oak-aged wines from the Estate’s reserve cellars are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvée in the traditional Roederer style. Only the cuvée (first pressing of 120 gallons/ton) is used—no premiere or deuxieme taille. The wine is then fermented at 65 degrees Fahrenheit in high-grade stainless-steel tanks. Five percent Pinot Noir is added for color prior to secondary fermentation; no malolactic fermentation is used. Oak-aged reserve wines from the Estate’s cellars make up 10 percent to 20 percent of the Rosé cuvée.”

The Anderson VAlley AVA is located in Mendocino County, California.  There are several up and coming wineries located here known for their pinots and chardonnays.  Some of my favorite winemakers including Sean Thackrey source some of their grapes from the Valley as well.

Do you prefer Brut, Brut Rosé, or even vintage sparkling wine?  What is your favorite sparkling wine??

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010


Name of wine:
 Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone Vineyards 2010

(Pinot Noir, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Barbara County, California) Alcohol 14.3%

Price paid:  $40

Where purchased:  K and L Wines, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I am loving these Santa Barbara wines!  This one is a spicy fruit bomb and we just can’t get enough of it.  there is good pinot noir and then there is great stuff that really stands out from the rest like Belle Glos Pinot Noir Clark & Telephone.  This one is a winner.  Buy all you can, while you can.  This Belle Glos pinot is right on the edge of what I call wine candy.  Tasted August 5th, 2012.

Color:  Luscious red hue.  Lighter around the edges like a young pinot should look.

Nose:  Fruit forward nose.  Cherries and blackberry jam.

Palate:  Firm tannins and light acidity.  Big mouthfuls of fruit.  Medium finish.

Food:  I can easily drink this one by itself by the glass.  It would be great with BBQ chicken or any smoky dish too.

Winemakers notes:

Joseph Wagner, son of Caymus great Chuck Wagner, is behind this one.  You can really taste The big, Napa Cab background that Joseph was raised in here.

From the Belle Glos website:

“Clark & Telephone Vineyard, located near the corner of Clark Avenue and Telephone Road in the Santa Maria Valley, is cooled by wind and fog that snakes in from the Pacific Ocean along a channel of the Santa Maria River.

Established in 1972, the Clark & Telephone Vineyard was planted “own root” to the Martini clone. This heirloom clone of Pinot Noir, one of the first to grace the California coastlands, has become something of a lost treasure.”

Also reviewed on Luscious Lushes blog – Belle Glos is a Pinot Noir made for a Cab lover.”

What is your favorite new world or old world red burgundy?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 – Wine Review

Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 - Wine Review

Name of wine:  Fleur Pinot Noir Rosé North Coast 2011 (100% Pinot Noir, North Coast AVA)

Price paid:  $13

Where purchased:  Mollie Stones, San Francisco, California

Tasting Notes and my Comments:  I really like this rosé and will be buying several bottles more during this summer season.  Fleur Wines pours at the Taste at Oxbow wine salon in Napa.

Color:  Medium red and translucent.

Nose:  Bright and pale watermelon.

Palate:  Acidity.  Slightly silky mouth feel.  Not sweet or very fruity.  Slightly salty on the tongue with a long finish.

Food:  This Fleur rosé is very drinkable on its own.  A suggested food pairing would be lighter fare such as grilled vegetables or a fresh salad.  Lighter cheeses would go well too.

HOT!: We will be discussing Rosé wines of the world on VinoChat on August 9, 2012 at 6pm Pacific Time

What is your favorite Rosé wine this summer?

About Peter Trapasso

Peter Trapasso, also known as “Vino Pete” is the founder of VinoPete.com. Subscribe and visit us weekly for our latest wine review. Now writing for Examiner.com