Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley (California) Brut NV

($22): Roederer Estate is certainly one of California’s best sparkling wineries.  Part of the reason for its success is that their grapes come entirely from their vineyards, a rarity among Champagne or sparkling wine producers.  Their non-vintage brut delivers a lovely creamy fruitiness without being soft or sweet.  Its firm backbone provides structure without being austere.  In short, it’s a well-balanced stylish sparkling wine.  And don’t forget, while it’s a wonderful celebratory drink, it’s also perfect to pair with a wide variety of food, from sushi to spicy Asian or southwestern fare.
90 Michael Apstein Mar 11, 2014