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Roederer Estate Brut Rose Sparkling 

Anderson Valley, California

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$28-$30 Retail

This elegant rose is created from 100 percent estate-grown fruit from Anderson Valley in northern California's Mendocino County, where the vineyards are exposed to fog rolling in from the Pacific. The blend of 60 percent pinot noir and 40 percent chardonnay is fermented in stainless steel. Before undergoing secondary fermentation, oak-aged reserve wines are added to become 10 to 20 percent of the blend. The wine spends a minimum of two years aging on yeast. In the glass, fine bubbles yield aromas of pear, apple, red berries and citrus. On the palate, taste strawberry, baked dough, orange and lime zest, and a crisp, balanced acidity. Drink it as an aperitif or with shrimp, mussels, lobster, smoked salmon, foie gras, light meats, soft cheeses and desserts. Buy it at: Rouses in the CBD and Metairie, Martin Wine Cellars in Metairie and Mandeville, Dorignac's and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Clancy's, NOLA and Houston's.


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