Scharffenberger Brut Excellence
New York Times, Eric Asimov: "Our No. 1 bottle, the Scharffenberger Excellence Brut, was balanced and graceful with lingering rich, creamy, toasty flavors. It showed restrained power and finesse... our best value." Eric Asimov, "Deft Hands Behind the Bubbles", December 6, 2012
Wine Enthusiast: "This wine shows amazing complexity, subtle richness, layers of flavor and an ultra-smooth texture. A foundation of fruit flavor is very solid, and the acidity is firm and refreshing. The mouthfeel is plush and the finish lingers, making it a grand wine for a special occasion." Nov 2015
Winery: "Scharffenberger Brut Excellence is made by the méthode traditionelle process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Scharffenberger Brut Excellence 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. With this type of vineyard selection, it allows us to produce our trademark cuvée. The wine is approximately 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The full malolactic style adds a vanilla cream character producing a round and full-bodied wine. After approximately two years on the lees, there are notes of freshly baked bread and pastry that enhances the more fruit forward style of the wine. Finally, after several months on the cork, the wine develops caramel and hazel complexors."
Size: 750ml; cork
Varietal: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay
Region: Anderson Valley, California