Scharffenrger Brut NV

Tasting Date: 4/6/2011

Varietal: Brut NV

Country: Mendocino/Lake Counties, CA

Tasting Date Price: $19.99

Rating: WS 87; WE 90

Alcohol Content: 12.0%

Vineyard Website: click here

Visual Aspect:

Nose: Emits toast and yeast on the nose, but the fruit has a bit of a green edge. Still, it has pleasant nut, fig and citrus qualities.

Palate: Made from Pinot Noir & Chardonnay, it’s dry and crisp, with a fine mousse that gives it a creamy smooth mouthfeel. The pineapple, raspberry and vanilla flavors are delicious.

Food Pairing: A recommended sparkling wine for New Year’s Eve

Winery Notes: A champagne blend sparkling wine made from Pinot Noir & Chardonnay.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The wine is two-thirds Pinot Noir which produces a red fruit forward nose (cherry and plum) combined withThe wine is approximately two-thirds Chardonnay and one-third Pinot Noir. The full malolactic style adds a vanilla cream character, producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the yeast lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhance the more fruit-forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors.

WINEMAKING

Scharffenberger Brut is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Scharffenberger Brut is made from its own 120-acre vineyards in the Anderson Valley. In addition, Scharffenberger Cellars has long-term contracts with select vineyards in the greater Mendocino County. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area, which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.

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