Sparkling pink wine from Napa and Anderson Valleys

This flight shows a nice contrast in approach to the making of pink sparkling in California. The Roederer embraces a high acid framework that is very crisp while the Mumm goes for a softer approach with a more visible hint of RS in the background. Different animals and I like them both.

Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, Brut Rose nv The grapes behind this wine are 40% Chardonnay and 60% Pinot Noir. In the final assemblage before the secondary fermentation, there is a small lot of 5% Pinot Noir that saw extended maceration, giving the wine its color. Also included is 10% – 20% oak aged reserves. The wine does not go through malolactic and spends 2 years en tirage. Dosage is 1.2% yet imperceptible with a pH of 3.0. P&B in Philo 12% purchased for $23.49 at Bottle Barn Roederer Estate

Mumm Napa, Napa Valley, Blanc de Noirs nv As with the Roederer, the process is methode traditionnelle. P&B in Rutherford 12.5% $14.99 at Bottle Barn and $18.99 at Traverso’s Mumm Napa

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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