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92pts Wine Enthusiast
This crisp and classy wine tastes dry, tight but complex from the persimmon and raspberry aromas to the lively white-raspberry and white-peach flavors. It has taut acidity balanced by touches of spicy maturity that keep it interesting through the lingering finish.
91pts Wilfred Wong
If I could go on a merry-go-round and snag a sparkling rosé as a prize, the Scharffenberger would be the one I would love to win. This wine has been my favorite in terms of value for the money. This wine is active, charming, and bright. Its attractive aromas and flavors of red fruits, tangy citrus, and minerality should pair deliciously with a plate of fresh salmon sashimi wrapped in nori and perfectly-ripened avocado. (Tasted: December 23, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
90pts Wine & Spirits
While this wine feels gentle, its briskness brightens its scents of strawberries and nasturtiums. It’s pinot noir at the cusp of ripeness, holding a floral green note that would take on duck rillettes.
90pts Connoisseurs' Guide
56% Chardonnay; 44% Pinot Noir. Spot on with respect to Rosé’s fruitier bent but exhibiting a fine yeasty trim of autolysis and lots of youthful energy, this one is a vivacious, slightly lighter, carefully composed example of the genre that is both moderately rich and light on its feet. Juicy yet graceful and quietly complex, it is a pleasure to pour now with or without food, but its youthful brightness is such that it promises to keep famously and provide happy drinking for at least another three or four years. And, its relatively modest price belies just how good it is.
Scharffenberger Rosé is made by the traditional méthode champenoise process, whereby the wines are individually bottle-fermented before being riddled and disgorged. Most of the base wines underwent malolactic fermentation, which softens and rounds out the blend. The grapes are sourced from our vineyards in the Anderson Valley as well as other premium quality vineyards in Mendocino County with whom we have long term contracts. This type of vineyard selection allows us to choose from the best vineyards in the area, which enables us to produce our trademark cuvée.
The wine has a pale salmon hue with integrated aromas of fresh raspberry jam and wild strawberries on a cream covered pastry base. The flavors are layered, round, fresh, fruity and long.