Roederer Estate Extra Dry

Roederer Estate, Anderson Valley, Estate Bottled, Extra Dry nv The nose displays stone fruits, apples and citrus with a little puff pastry. In the mouth you’ll find the essence of green apples and citrus with a balancing shot of sweetness.

As many of you know, I love the electric acidity associated with Roederer’s house style. In this wine you see how dosage provides balance, rather than overt sweetness, enhancing the experience of the wine and tempering its austerity.

The grapes behind this wine are 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. The dosage is a little higher than the Brut MV but I don’t know the precise number. Produced and bottled in Philo 12% purchased at the winery where it is available for $22.

This wine does not make it out into the marketplace. It was originally created in small quantities for the White House, back in the Reagan era, I believe. Today they are only making about 400 cases of this bubbly annually. Contact the winery or pick up a bottle the next time you visit Roederer in the bucolic Anderson Valley.

Roederer Estate

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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