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